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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 13:48:00 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 13:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 37' South, Longitude: 30° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.00 meters/second, 1641.6 km/hour, 1020.0 miles/hour or 886.4 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' 06.1"1019.95 miwest0° 00' 53.5"1.02 misouth1019.93 mi
24 hours0° 02' 23.5"2.71 miwest0° 21' 19.2"24.42 misouth24.57 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 13:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 49' South, Longitude: 41° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.57 meters/second, 1510.5 km/hour, 938.6 miles/hour or 815.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.64 miwest0° 00' 04.2"0.08 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 25' 01.6"938.30 miwest0° 04' 23.4"5.03 minorth938.52 mi
24 hours13° 38' 06.8"887.44 mieast2° 17' 36.8"157.75 minorth907.39 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeSat 10:48 AM526 km327 miles284 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaceióSat 10:48 AM549 km341 miles296 nmWest W
Fernando de NoronhaSat 11:48 AM763 km474 miles412 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SalvadorSat 10:48 AM875 km544 miles473 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaSat 10:48 AM1145 km712 miles618 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de JaneiroSat 10:48 AM1897 km1179 miles1024 nmSouthwest SW
BrasiliaSat 10:48 AM1936 km1203 miles1045 nmWest-southwest WSW
BelémSat 10:48 AM2201 km1368 miles1188 nmWest-northwest WNW
São PauloSat 10:48 AM2208 km1372 miles1192 nmSouthwest SW
JamestownSat 1:48 PM2780 km1728 miles1501 nmEast-southeast ESE
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