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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 14:48:00 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 14:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 59' South, Longitude: 45° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.44 meters/second, 1639.6 km/hour, 1018.8 miles/hour or 885.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.98 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth16.98 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.8"1018.69 miwest0° 00' 53.0"1.01 misouth1018.66 mi
24 hours0° 02' 13.3"2.51 miwest0° 21' 08.9"24.23 misouth24.36 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 14:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 24' South, Longitude: 40° 24' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.50 meters/second, 1535.4 km/hour, 954.1 miles/hour or 829.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"15.90 miwest0° 00' 07.1"0.14 minorth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 27' 00.2"953.84 miwest0° 07' 10.4"8.22 minorth954.19 mi
24 hours12° 49' 09.4"846.24 mieast3° 16' 15.7"224.91 minorth882.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BarreirasSun 11:48 AM162 km100 miles87 nmSoutheast SE
Brasilia *Sun 12:48 PM576 km358 miles311 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SalvadorSun 11:48 AM832 km517 miles449 nmEast-southeast ESE
BelémSun 11:48 AM1093 km679 miles590 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FortalezaSun 11:48 AM1133 km704 miles612 nmNortheast NE
RecifeSun 11:48 AM1246 km774 miles673 nmEast-northeast ENE
Rio de Janeiro *Sun 12:48 PM1357 km843 miles733 nmSouth-southeast SSE
São Paulo *Sun 12:48 PM1395 km867 miles753 nmSouth S
ManausSun 10:48 AM1790 km1112 miles966 nmWest-northwest WNW
CayenneSun 11:48 AM1901 km1181 miles1026 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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