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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 01:28:00 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 01:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 30' South, Longitude: 153° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.15 meters/second, 1616.9 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"1004.53 miwest0° 00' 47.8"0.91 misouth1004.50 mi
24 hours0° 00' 17.5"0.33 miwest0° 19' 01.9"21.81 misouth21.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 10' North, Longitude: 1° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.60 meters/second, 1517.7 km/hour, 943.1 miles/hour or 819.5 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' 04.2"942.77 miwest0° 02' 54.3"3.33 minorth942.63 mi
24 hours11° 37' 24.3"754.90 mieast0° 43' 33.5"49.94 minorth754.78 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GizoThu 12:28 PM777 km483 miles420 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HoniaraThu 12:28 PM866 km538 miles467 nmNortheast NE
CairnsThu 11:28 AM911 km566 miles492 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyThu 11:28 AM920 km572 miles497 nmNorthwest NW
ArawaThu 11:28 AM934 km580 miles504 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BukaThu 11:28 AM1007 km626 miles544 nmNorth N
BrisbaneThu 11:28 AM1438 km894 miles777 nmSouth S
Port VilaThu 12:28 PM1582 km983 miles854 nmEast-southeast ESE
JayapuraThu 10:28 AM1963 km1220 miles1060 nmNorthwest NW
YarenThu 1:28 PM2107 km1309 miles1138 nmNortheast NE
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