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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 13:06:00 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 13:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 57' South, Longitude: 20° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.48 meters/second, 1639.7 km/hour, 1018.9 miles/hour or 885.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.98 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth16.98 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.8"1018.77 miwest0° 00' 53.0"1.01 misouth1018.75 mi
24 hours0° 02' 13.9"2.53 miwest0° 21' 09.6"24.24 misouth24.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 13:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 36' South, Longitude: 64° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.97 meters/second, 1533.5 km/hour, 952.9 miles/hour or 828.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.8"15.88 miwest0° 00' 07.0"0.13 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 26' 51.6"952.64 miwest0° 07' 00.5"8.03 minorth952.98 mi
24 hours12° 52' 29.9"848.99 mieast3° 12' 50.7"221.00 minorth884.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeSun 10:06 AM1626 km1010 miles878 nmWest W
JamestownSun 1:06 PM1677 km1042 miles905 nmEast-southeast ESE
SalvadorSun 10:06 AM1987 km1234 miles1073 nmWest W
FortalezaSun 10:06 AM2163 km1344 miles1168 nmWest-northwest WNW
MonroviaSun 1:06 PM2184 km1357 miles1179 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownSun 1:06 PM2290 km1423 miles1237 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakrySun 1:06 PM2380 km1479 miles1285 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AbidjanSun 1:06 PM2553 km1586 miles1378 nmNortheast NE
BissauSun 1:06 PM2578 km1602 miles1392 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroSun 1:06 PM2580 km1603 miles1393 nmNortheast NE
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