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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 02:28:00 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 02:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 50' South, Longitude: 138° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.47 meters/second, 1614.5 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' 00.4"1003.01 miwest0° 00' 47.1"0.90 misouth1002.98 mi
24 hours0° 00' 04.7"0.09 miwest0° 18' 46.9"21.52 misouth21.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 2, 2012 at 02:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 54' North, Longitude: 4° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.47 meters/second, 1510.1 km/hour, 938.3 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' 50.5"938.00 miwest0° 00' 31.0"0.59 minorth937.98 mi
24 hours11° 39' 49.1"753.88 mieast0° 14' 24.6"16.52 misouth754.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Tennant CreekFri 11:58 AM731 km454 miles395 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsFri 12:28 PM772 km480 miles417 nmEast-southeast ESE
DarwinFri 11:58 AM910 km566 miles491 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port MoresbyFri 12:28 PM1081 km672 miles584 nmEast-northeast ENE
Alice SpringsFri 11:58 AM1114 km692 miles602 nmSouth-southwest SSW
JayapuraFri 11:28 AM1375 km854 miles742 nmNorth N
DiliFri 11:28 AM1609 km1000 miles869 nmWest-northwest WNW
ManokwariFri 11:28 AM1634 km1015 miles882 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneFri 12:28 PM2024 km1257 miles1093 nmSoutheast SE
EuclaFri 11:13 AM2125 km1320 miles1147 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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