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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 Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 08:48:00 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 Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 08:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 32' South, Longitude: 44° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.11 meters/second, 1642.0 km/hour, 1020.3 miles/hour or 886.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.00 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.00 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.2"1020.20 miwest0° 00' 53.6"1.02 misouth1020.17 mi
24 hours0° 02' 25.4"2.75 miwest0° 21' 21.1"24.46 misouth24.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 08:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 09' South, Longitude: 113° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.52 meters/second, 1506.7 km/hour, 936.2 miles/hour or 813.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"15.60 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 minorth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 24' 40.7"935.93 miwest0° 03' 45.0"4.30 minorth936.13 mi
24 hours13° 47' 23.4"895.60 mieast2° 03' 46.0"141.88 minorth912.39 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MoroniSat 11:48 AM164 km102 miles88 nmSouthwest SW
MutsamuduSat 11:48 AM181 km113 miles98 nmSouth S
FomboniSat 11:48 AM199 km124 miles108 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MamoutzouSat 11:48 AM273 km170 miles147 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AntsirananaSat 11:48 AM589 km366 miles318 nmEast-southeast ESE
MahajangaSat 11:48 AM618 km384 miles334 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Dar es SalaamSat 11:48 AM679 km422 miles366 nmNorthwest NW
Zanzibar CitySat 11:48 AM733 km455 miles396 nmNorthwest NW
NampulaSat 10:48 AM737 km458 miles398 nmSouthwest SW
MombasaSat 11:48 AM874 km543 miles472 nmNorthwest NW
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