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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 Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 17:26:00 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 Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 17:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 21' South, Longitude: 85° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.40 meters/second, 1610.6 km/hour, 1000.8 miles/hour or 869.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.68 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.68 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.5"1000.61 miwest0° 00' 46.2"0.88 misouth1000.58 mi
24 hours0° 00' 15.5"0.29 mieast0° 18' 22.8"21.06 misouth21.06 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 17:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 02' North, Longitude: 150° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.89 meters/second, 1518.8 km/hour, 943.7 miles/hour or 820.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.73 miwest0° 00' 03.1"0.06 misouth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 01.1"943.45 miwest0° 03' 13.8"3.71 misouth943.62 mi
24 hours11° 31' 55.7"749.55 mieast1° 42' 52.0"117.93 misouth762.68 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaSat 12:26 PM995 km618 miles537 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilSat 12:26 PM1581 km982 miles854 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsSat 11:26 AM1657 km1029 miles895 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoSat 12:26 PM1845 km1146 miles996 nmNorth-northeast NNE
La PazSat 1:26 PM1875 km1165 miles1012 nmEast E
Rio BrancoSat 1:26 PM2020 km1255 miles1091 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreSat 1:26 PM2200 km1367 miles1188 nmEast-southeast ESE
Santiago *Sat 2:26 PM2506 km1557 miles1353 nmSoutheast SE
BogotaSat 12:26 PM2548 km1583 miles1376 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaSat 12:26 PM2774 km1723 miles1498 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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