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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 Monday, October 22, 2012 at 07:06:00 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 Monday, October 22, 2012 at 07:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 13' South, Longitude: 69° 37' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.07 meters/second, 1638.2 km/hour, 1018.0 miles/hour or 884.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.97 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth16.97 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.4"1017.85 miwest0° 00' 52.8"1.01 misouth1017.82 mi
24 hours0° 02' 06.4"2.38 miwest0° 21' 01.9"24.09 misouth24.21 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 22, 2012 at 07:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 16' South, Longitude: 164° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.84 meters/second, 1554.6 km/hour, 966.0 miles/hour or 839.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.2"16.10 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 minorth16.10 mi
1 hour14° 28' 20.9"965.81 miwest0° 08' 35.3"9.84 minorth966.19 mi
24 hours12° 18' 08.8"821.03 mieast3° 44' 49.1"257.58 minorth866.88 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaMon 1:06 PM529 km328 miles285 nmNortheast NE
Port LouisMon 11:06 AM1632 km1014 miles881 nmSouthwest SW
VictoriaMon 11:06 AM1723 km1071 miles930 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaleMon 12:06 PM1756 km1091 miles948 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-DenisMon 11:06 AM1853 km1151 miles1000 nmSouthwest SW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteMon 12:36 PM2305 km1432 miles1244 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ColomboMon 12:36 PM2305 km1432 miles1244 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ThiruvananthapuramMon 12:36 PM2327 km1446 miles1257 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MaduraiMon 12:36 PM2520 km1566 miles1361 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AntananarivoMon 10:06 AM2521 km1567 miles1361 nmWest-southwest WSW
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