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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 20:48:00 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 20:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 43' South, Longitude: 135° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.85 meters/second, 1641.1 km/hour, 1019.7 miles/hour or 886.1 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"1019.60 miwest0° 00' 53.4"1.02 misouth1019.58 mi
24 hours0° 02' 20.6"2.66 miwest0° 21' 16.4"24.37 misouth24.51 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 15' South, Longitude: 59° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.26 meters/second, 1516.5 km/hour, 942.3 miles/hour or 818.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.71 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 25' 32.9"942.09 miwest0° 05' 14.6"6.01 minorth942.36 mi
24 hours13° 24' 40.0"875.86 mieast2° 35' 50.5"178.63 minorth900.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeSat 11:18 AM445 km277 miles240 nmWest-northwest WNW
PapeeteSat 10:48 AM1663 km1033 miles898 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownSat 12:48 PM1700 km1056 miles918 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiSun 10:48 AM2759 km1714 miles1490 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSat 10:48 AM2810 km1746 miles1517 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Sat 3:48 PM3315 km2060 miles1790 nmSoutheast SE
AlofiSat 9:48 AM3775 km2346 miles2038 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoSun 9:48 AM3882 km2412 miles2096 nmWest W
Apia *Sun 10:48 AM3922 km2437 miles2118 nmWest W
HonoluluSat 10:48 AM4284 km2662 miles2313 nmNorthwest NW
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