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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:46:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 44' South, Longitude: 134° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.27 meters/second, 1646.2 km/hour, 1022.9 miles/hour or 888.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.05 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.05 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.0"1022.80 miwest0° 00' 54.4"1.04 misouth1022.77 mi
24 hours0° 02' 46.7"3.16 miwest0° 21' 41.9"24.85 misouth25.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 59' South, Longitude: 170° 55' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.21 meters/second, 1505.6 km/hour, 935.5 miles/hour or 812.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.59 miwest0° 00' 04.2"0.08 misouth15.59 mi
1 hour14° 23' 07.5"935.20 miwest0° 04' 06.8"4.72 misouth935.01 mi
24 hours345° 14' 18.2"959.64 miwest0° 57' 29.9"65.92 misouth958.94 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
DarwinThu 12:16 PM527 km328 miles285 nmSouthwest SW
BaucauThu 11:46 AM928 km576 miles501 nmWest W
ManokwariThu 11:46 AM983 km611 miles531 nmNorth N
AmbonThu 11:46 AM990 km615 miles534 nmNorthwest NW
SameThu 11:46 AM1008 km626 miles544 nmWest W
DiliThu 11:46 AM1021 km635 miles551 nmWest W
JayapuraThu 11:46 AM1029 km640 miles556 nmNortheast NE
Port MoresbyThu 12:46 PM1361 km845 miles735 nmEast E
CairnsThu 12:46 PM1431 km889 miles773 nmSoutheast SE
Alice SpringsThu 12:16 PM1550 km963 miles837 nmSouth S
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