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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 Friday, November 2, 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 Friday, November 2, 2012 at 01:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 49' South, Longitude: 153° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.50 meters/second, 1614.6 km/hour, 1003.3 miles/hour or 871.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.72 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.72 mi
1 hour15° 00' 00.5"1003.07 miwest0° 00' 47.2"0.90 misouth1003.04 mi
24 hours0° 00' 05.2"0.10 miwest0° 18' 47.5"21.53 misouth21.53 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 2, 2012 at 01:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 53' North, Longitude: 10° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.50 meters/second, 1510.2 km/hour, 938.4 miles/hour or 815.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.64 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 50.7"938.07 miwest0° 00' 36.8"0.70 minorth938.04 mi
24 hours11° 39' 51.0"753.97 mieast0° 12' 05.0"13.86 misouth754.60 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GizoFri 12:28 PM810 km503 miles437 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HoniaraFri 12:28 PM889 km552 miles480 nmNortheast NE
CairnsFri 11:28 AM900 km559 miles486 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyFri 11:28 AM941 km585 miles508 nmNorthwest NW
ArawaFri 11:28 AM968 km602 miles523 nmNorth N
BrisbaneFri 11:28 AM1403 km872 miles758 nmSouth S
Port VilaFri 12:28 PM1574 km978 miles850 nmEast-southeast ESE
JayapuraFri 10:28 AM1986 km1234 miles1072 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Fri 12:28 PM2126 km1321 miles1148 nmSouth S
YarenFri 1:28 PM2133 km1325 miles1152 nmNortheast NE
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