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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 Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 02:48:00 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 Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 02:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 48' South, Longitude: 134° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.71 meters/second, 1640.6 km/hour, 1019.4 miles/hour or 885.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.99 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth16.99 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.0"1019.30 miwest0° 00' 53.3"1.02 misouth1019.27 mi
24 hours0° 02' 18.2"2.61 miwest0° 21' 13.9"24.32 misouth24.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 02:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 42' South, Longitude: 146° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.89 meters/second, 1522.4 km/hour, 946.0 miles/hour or 822.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"15.77 miwest0° 00' 05.9"0.11 minorth15.77 mi
1 hour14° 26' 01.2"945.73 miwest0° 05' 55.8"6.80 minorth946.03 mi
24 hours13° 12' 52.5"865.90 mieast2° 50' 21.5"195.25 minorth894.34 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
DarwinSun 12:18 PM406 km252 miles219 nmWest-southwest WSW
BaucauSun 11:48 AM885 km550 miles478 nmWest-northwest WNW
SameSun 11:48 AM955 km593 miles516 nmWest-northwest WNW
DiliSun 11:48 AM974 km605 miles526 nmWest-northwest WNW
Tennant CreekSun 12:18 PM979 km608 miles528 nmSouth S
SuaiSun 11:48 AM990 km615 miles535 nmWest W
ManokwariSun 11:48 AM1099 km683 miles593 nmNorth N
JayapuraSun 11:48 AM1165 km724 miles629 nmNortheast NE
CairnsSun 12:48 PM1425 km886 miles770 nmEast-southeast ESE
Alice SpringsSun 12:18 PM1428 km887 miles771 nmSouth S
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