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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 15:48:00 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 15:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 38' South, Longitude: 60° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.96 meters/second, 1641.5 km/hour, 1020.0 miles/hour or 886.3 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' 06.0"1019.85 miwest0° 00' 53.5"1.02 misouth1019.83 mi
24 hours0° 02' 22.7"2.69 miwest0° 21' 18.4"24.41 misouth24.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 15:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 40' South, Longitude: 12° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.03 meters/second, 1512.1 km/hour, 939.6 miles/hour or 816.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.66 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 25' 10.4"939.32 miwest0° 04' 38.4"5.32 minorth939.57 mi
24 hours13° 34' 19.1"884.14 mieast2° 22' 57.7"163.88 minorth905.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoSat 11:48 AM398 km247 miles215 nmWest-northwest WNW
RiberaltaSat 11:48 AM574 km357 miles310 nmWest W
San Ignacio de VelascoSat 11:48 AM635 km394 miles343 nmSouth S
Rio BrancoSat 11:48 AM770 km478 miles416 nmWest W
ManausSat 11:48 AM837 km520 miles452 nmNorth N
CobijaSat 11:48 AM870 km541 miles470 nmWest W
La PazSat 11:48 AM1023 km636 miles552 nmSouthwest SW
SucreSat 11:48 AM1044 km649 miles564 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BrasiliaSat 12:48 PM1513 km940 miles817 nmEast-southeast ESE
Asuncion *Sat 12:48 PM1655 km1028 miles894 nmSouth S
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