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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 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 19:18:00 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 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 19:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 25' South, Longitude: 113° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.31 meters/second, 1617.5 km/hour, 1005.1 miles/hour or 873.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.75 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.1"1004.90 miwest0° 00' 48.0"0.92 misouth1004.88 mi
24 hours0° 00' 20.6"0.39 miwest0° 19' 05.5"21.88 misouth21.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 19:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 50' North, Longitude: 88° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.53 meters/second, 1521.1 km/hour, 945.2 miles/hour or 821.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.75 miwest0° 00' 03.4"0.07 minorth15.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 09.9"944.87 miwest0° 03' 28.6"3.99 minorth944.70 mi
24 hours11° 35' 47.2"754.74 mieast0° 57' 36.9"66.06 minorth755.32 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 *Wed 2:18 PM1470 km913 miles794 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownWed 11:18 AM2090 km1299 miles1128 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsWed 1:18 PM3035 km1886 miles1639 nmEast-northeast ENE
PapeeteWed 9:18 AM3860 km2399 miles2084 nmWest W
LimaWed 2:18 PM3967 km2465 miles2142 nmEast E
Mexico CityWed 1:18 PM4065 km2526 miles2195 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaWed 1:18 PM4094 km2544 miles2211 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorWed 1:18 PM4111 km2555 miles2220 nmNortheast NE
QuitoWed 2:18 PM4170 km2591 miles2252 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManaguaWed 1:18 PM4210 km2616 miles2273 nmNortheast NE
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