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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 Monday, November 5, 2012 at 02:04:00 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 Monday, November 5, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 46' South, Longitude: 144° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.50 meters/second, 1607.4 km/hour, 998.8 miles/hour or 867.9 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' 58.8"998.58 miwest0° 00' 45.3"0.87 misouth998.55 mi
24 hours0° 00' 32.8"0.61 mieast0° 18' 01.6"20.66 misouth20.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 5, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 30' North, Longitude: 36° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.49 meters/second, 1542.6 km/hour, 958.5 miles/hour or 832.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"15.97 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 31' 28.3"958.25 miwest0° 06' 08.4"7.04 misouth958.54 mi
24 hours11° 20' 55.9"748.80 mieast2° 49' 45.1"194.54 misouth778.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsMon 12:04 PM159 km99 miles86 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbyMon 12:04 PM740 km460 miles400 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsMon 11:34 AM1452 km902 miles784 nmSouthwest SW
JayapuraMon 11:04 AM1533 km953 miles828 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneMon 12:04 PM1544 km960 miles834 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinMon 11:34 AM1561 km970 miles843 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraMon 1:04 PM1778 km1105 miles960 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManokwariMon 11:04 AM2032 km1263 miles1097 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Mon 1:04 PM2103 km1307 miles1136 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Canberra *Mon 1:04 PM2204 km1369 miles1190 nmSouth S
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