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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 02:10:00 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 02:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 46' South, Longitude: 143° 24' 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"998.57 miwest0° 00' 45.3"0.87 misouth998.54 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 02:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 29' North, Longitude: 34° 55' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.51 meters/second, 1542.6 km/hour, 958.6 miles/hour or 833.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"15.98 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 31' 28.5"958.30 miwest0° 06' 08.9"7.05 misouth958.60 mi
24 hours11° 20' 54.2"748.81 mieast2° 49' 56.6"194.76 misouth779.04 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsMon 12:10 PM284 km177 miles153 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port MoresbyMon 12:10 PM810 km503 miles437 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsMon 11:40 AM1330 km827 miles718 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinMon 11:40 AM1404 km873 miles758 nmWest-northwest WNW
JayapuraMon 11:10 AM1492 km927 miles806 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneMon 12:10 PM1633 km1015 miles882 nmSoutheast SE
HoniaraMon 1:10 PM1929 km1198 miles1041 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManokwariMon 11:10 AM1941 km1206 miles1048 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliMon 11:10 AM2096 km1302 miles1132 nmWest-northwest WNW
Sydney *Mon 1:10 PM2153 km1338 miles1163 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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