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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 Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 19:54:00 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 Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 19:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 41' South, Longitude: 122° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.67 meters/second, 1608.0 km/hour, 999.2 miles/hour or 868.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.65 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.65 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.0"998.96 miwest0° 00' 45.5"0.87 misouth998.93 mi
24 hours0° 00' 29.5"0.55 mieast0° 18' 05.6"20.74 misouth20.74 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 19:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 06' North, Longitude: 125° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.01 meters/second, 1537.2 km/hour, 955.2 miles/hour or 830.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.92 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 31' 22.9"954.93 miwest0° 05' 37.0"6.44 misouth955.21 mi
24 hours11° 22' 53.0"748.44 mieast2° 37' 48.9"180.87 misouth775.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSun 11:54 AM1301 km808 miles702 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Sun 2:54 PM1864 km1158 miles1007 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteSun 9:54 AM2883 km1791 miles1557 nmWest W
RarotongaSun 9:54 AM3966 km2464 miles2141 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsSun 1:54 PM3975 km2470 miles2146 nmEast-northeast ENE
KiritimatiMon 9:54 AM4287 km2664 miles2315 nmWest-northwest WNW
Mexico CitySun 1:54 PM4656 km2893 miles2514 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaSun 1:54 PM4865 km3023 miles2627 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSun 1:54 PM4907 km3049 miles2649 nmNortheast NE
LimaSun 2:54 PM4932 km3065 miles2663 nmEast E
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