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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 01:38:00 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 01:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 50' South, Longitude: 151° 24' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.49 meters/second, 1614.6 km/hour, 1003.2 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"1003.06 miwest0° 00' 47.2"0.90 misouth1003.03 mi
24 hours0° 00' 05.1"0.10 miwest0° 18' 47.3"21.53 misouth21.53 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 2, 2012 at 01:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 53' North, Longitude: 7° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.49 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' 00.6"0.01 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 50.7"938.06 miwest0° 00' 35.8"0.68 minorth938.03 mi
24 hours11° 39' 50.8"753.95 mieast0° 12' 28.2"14.30 misouth754.61 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsFri 11:38 AM645 km401 miles348 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyFri 11:38 AM751 km466 miles405 nmNorthwest NW
GizoFri 12:38 PM951 km591 miles514 nmNortheast NE
LaeFri 11:38 AM1017 km632 miles549 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HoniaraFri 12:38 PM1106 km687 miles597 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrisbaneFri 11:38 AM1410 km876 miles761 nmSouth S
JayapuraFri 10:38 AM1796 km1116 miles970 nmNorthwest NW
Port VilaFri 12:38 PM1836 km1141 miles991 nmEast-southeast ESE
Alice SpringsFri 11:08 AM2086 km1296 miles1126 nmWest-southwest WSW
Sydney *Fri 12:38 PM2109 km1310 miles1139 nmSouth S
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