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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 Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:24:00 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 Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 14' South, Longitude: 9° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.56 meters/second, 1643.6 km/hour, 1021.3 miles/hour or 887.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.02 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.02 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.6"1021.20 miwest0° 00' 53.9"1.03 misouth1021.17 mi
24 hours0° 02' 33.5"2.91 miwest0° 21' 29.3"24.61 misouth24.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' South, Longitude: 47° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.87 meters/second, 1497.1 km/hour, 930.3 miles/hour or 808.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.50 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 minorth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 23' 33.4"929.98 miwest0° 00' 54.8"1.05 minorth930.03 mi
24 hours14° 20' 17.4"926.47 mieast1° 00' 48.9"69.73 minorth932.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownFri 12:24 PM768 km477 miles415 nmSoutheast SE
MonroviaFri 12:24 PM1834 km1139 miles990 nmNorth N
AbidjanFri 12:24 PM1834 km1140 miles990 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroFri 12:24 PM1950 km1212 miles1053 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraFri 12:24 PM2042 km1269 miles1102 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownFri 12:24 PM2105 km1308 miles1137 nmNorth N
São ToméFri 12:24 PM2169 km1348 miles1171 nmEast-northeast ENE
LomeFri 12:24 PM2181 km1355 miles1178 nmNortheast NE
ConakryFri 12:24 PM2226 km1383 miles1202 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Porto NovoFri 1:24 PM2303 km1431 miles1244 nmNortheast NE
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