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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 Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:08:00 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 Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 30' South, Longitude: 158° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.16 meters/second, 1617.0 km/hour, 1004.7 miles/hour or 873.1 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' 00.9"1004.55 miwest0° 00' 47.8"0.91 misouth1004.52 mi
24 hours0° 00' 17.7"0.33 miwest0° 19' 02.0"21.81 misouth21.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 09' North, Longitude: 3° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.64 meters/second, 1517.9 km/hour, 943.2 miles/hour or 819.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.72 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 minorth15.72 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.4"942.87 miwest0° 02' 56.3"3.37 minorth942.73 mi
24 hours11° 37' 19.7"754.89 mieast0° 44' 19.3"50.82 minorth754.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HoniaraThu 12:08 PM572 km356 miles309 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GizoThu 12:08 PM742 km461 miles401 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LuganvilleThu 12:08 PM897 km557 miles484 nmEast E
ArawaThu 11:08 AM985 km612 miles532 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port VilaThu 12:08 PM1068 km664 miles577 nmEast-southeast ESE
NoumeaThu 12:08 PM1172 km728 miles633 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbyThu 11:08 AM1392 km865 miles752 nmWest-northwest WNW
CairnsThu 11:08 AM1432 km890 miles773 nmWest-southwest WSW
BrisbaneThu 11:08 AM1560 km969 miles842 nmSouth-southwest SSW
YarenThu 1:08 PM1779 km1105 miles961 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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