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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 02:18:00 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 Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 02:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 31' South, Longitude: 141° 24' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.12 meters/second, 1616.8 km/hour, 1004.7 miles/hour or 873.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.74 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour15° 00' 00.9"1004.48 miwest0° 00' 47.7"0.91 misouth1004.45 mi
24 hours0° 00' 17.1"0.32 miwest0° 19' 01.3"21.80 misouth21.80 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 02:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 12' North, Longitude: 13° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.48 meters/second, 1517.3 km/hour, 942.8 miles/hour or 819.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.71 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.05 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.5"942.51 miwest0° 02' 49.7"3.24 minorth942.37 mi
24 hours11° 37' 35.5"754.90 mieast0° 41' 38.7"47.75 minorth754.72 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
WeipaThu 12:18 PM212 km132 miles115 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CairnsThu 12:18 PM539 km335 miles291 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port MoresbyThu 12:18 PM843 km524 miles455 nmNortheast NE
Tennant CreekThu 11:48 AM955 km593 miles515 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinThu 11:48 AM1166 km724 miles629 nmWest W
Alice SpringsThu 11:48 AM1288 km801 miles696 nmSouthwest SW
JayapuraThu 11:18 AM1327 km825 miles717 nmNorth N
ManokwariThu 11:18 AM1712 km1064 miles925 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliThu 11:18 AM1847 km1148 miles997 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrisbaneThu 12:18 PM1873 km1164 miles1011 nmSoutheast SE
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