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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 Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 03:04:00 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 Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 03:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 17' South, Longitude: 136° 27' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.16 meters/second, 1667.4 km/hour, 1036.1 miles/hour or 900.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.0"1036.04 miwest0° 00' 59.0"1.13 minorth1036.05 mi
24 hours0° 04' 01.5"4.63 miwest0° 23' 38.0"27.07 minorth27.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 03:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 54' North, Longitude: 138° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.74 meters/second, 1615.4 km/hour, 1003.8 miles/hour or 872.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 07.3"1003.71 miwest0° 11' 35.1"13.27 minorth1003.74 mi
24 hours11° 28' 35.4"793.40 mieast4° 30' 15.6"309.50 minorth849.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ManokwariTue 12:04 PM377 km235 miles204 nmNorthwest NW
JayapuraTue 12:04 PM480 km298 miles259 nmEast E
AmbonTue 12:04 PM920 km572 miles497 nmWest W
DarwinTue 12:34 PM1188 km738 miles641 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MelekeokTue 12:04 PM1210 km752 miles654 nmNorth N
DiliTue 12:04 PM1337 km831 miles722 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyTue 1:04 PM1369 km851 miles739 nmEast-southeast ESE
ManadoTue 11:04 AM1396 km867 miles754 nmWest-northwest WNW
GorontaloTue 11:04 AM1549 km962 miles836 nmWest-northwest WNW
General SantosTue 11:04 AM1629 km1012 miles879 nmNorthwest NW
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