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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 18:36:00 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 18:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 21' South, Longitude: 103° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.37 meters/second, 1610.5 km/hour, 1000.7 miles/hour or 869.6 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"1000.54 miwest0° 00' 46.1"0.88 misouth1000.51 mi
24 hours0° 00' 16.0"0.30 mieast0° 18' 22.0"21.05 misouth21.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 18:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 58' North, Longitude: 133° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.07 meters/second, 1519.4 km/hour, 944.1 miles/hour or 820.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.74 miwest0° 00' 03.2"0.06 misouth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 01.9"943.84 miwest0° 03' 20.4"3.83 misouth944.01 mi
24 hours11° 31' 32.8"749.44 mieast1° 45' 24.2"120.83 misouth763.10 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 *Sat 1:36 PM1450 km901 miles783 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:36 PM2181 km1355 miles1178 nmNortheast NE
LimaSat 1:36 PM2841 km1765 miles1534 nmEast E
AdamstownSat 10:36 AM3012 km1872 miles1626 nmWest-southwest WSW
QuitoSat 1:36 PM3180 km1976 miles1717 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseSat 12:36 PM3496 km2172 miles1888 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSat 12:36 PM3560 km2212 miles1922 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaSat 12:36 PM3564 km2214 miles1924 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaSat 12:36 PM3592 km2232 miles1939 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TegucigalpaSat 12:36 PM3695 km2296 miles1995 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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