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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 19:28:00 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 19:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 45' South, Longitude: 116° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.66 meters/second, 1615.2 km/hour, 1003.6 miles/hour or 872.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.73 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour15° 00' 00.6"1003.44 miwest0° 00' 47.3"0.91 misouth1003.41 mi
24 hours0° 00' 08.4"0.16 miwest0° 18' 51.2"21.60 misouth21.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 19:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 47' North, Longitude: 97° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.78 meters/second, 1511.2 km/hour, 939.0 miles/hour or 816.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.65 miwest0° 00' 01.1"0.02 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 52.7"938.70 miwest0° 01' 11.6"1.37 minorth938.64 mi
24 hours11° 39' 49.0"754.41 mieast0° 01' 53.1"2.16 minorth754.33 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 *Thu 2:28 PM1536 km954 miles829 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownThu 11:28 AM1856 km1153 miles1002 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsThu 1:28 PM3293 km2046 miles1778 nmEast-northeast ENE
PapeeteThu 9:28 AM3588 km2230 miles1938 nmWest W
Mexico CityThu 1:28 PM4212 km2617 miles2274 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaThu 2:28 PM4236 km2632 miles2287 nmEast E
GuatemalaThu 1:28 PM4297 km2670 miles2320 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorThu 1:28 PM4322 km2686 miles2334 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaThu 1:28 PM4435 km2756 miles2395 nmNortheast NE
QuitoThu 2:28 PM4438 km2757 miles2396 nmEast-northeast ENE
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