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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 19:06:00 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 19:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 03' South, Longitude: 110° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.34 meters/second, 1639.2 km/hour, 1018.6 miles/hour or 885.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.98 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth16.98 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.6"1018.47 miwest0° 00' 53.0"1.01 misouth1018.44 mi
24 hours0° 02' 11.4"2.48 miwest0° 21' 07.1"24.19 misouth24.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 19:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 52' South, Longitude: 21° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.88 meters/second, 1540.4 km/hour, 957.1 miles/hour or 831.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"15.95 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 minorth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 27' 21.5"956.93 miwest0° 07' 34.7"8.69 minorth957.29 mi
24 hours12° 40' 46.3"839.38 mieast3° 24' 31.8"234.37 minorth878.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Sun 2:06 PM1779 km1105 miles960 nmSouth S
Galapagos IslandsSun 1:06 PM2555 km1588 miles1380 nmEast-northeast ENE
AdamstownSun 11:06 AM2597 km1614 miles1402 nmSouthwest SW
GuatemalaSun 1:06 PM3583 km2226 miles1935 nmNortheast NE
Mexico City *Sun 2:06 PM3588 km2230 miles1937 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San SalvadorSun 1:06 PM3599 km2236 miles1943 nmNortheast NE
LimaSun 2:06 PM3635 km2259 miles1963 nmEast E
ManaguaSun 1:06 PM3699 km2298 miles1997 nmNortheast NE
San JoseSun 1:06 PM3721 km2312 miles2009 nmNortheast NE
QuitoSun 2:06 PM3721 km2312 miles2009 nmEast-northeast ENE
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