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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 14:04:00 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 14:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 55' South, Longitude: 35° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.17 meters/second, 1606.2 km/hour, 998.0 miles/hour or 867.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.63 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 59' 58.6"997.83 miwest0° 00' 45.0"0.86 misouth997.80 mi
24 hours0° 00' 39.1"0.72 mieast0° 17' 53.7"20.51 misouth20.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 5, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 11' North, Longitude: 137° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.55 meters/second, 1553.6 km/hour, 965.4 miles/hour or 838.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.09 miwest0° 00' 07.1"0.14 misouth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 31' 38.2"965.12 miwest0° 07' 07.3"8.16 misouth965.45 mi
24 hours11° 17' 43.4"750.47 mieast3° 11' 53.9"219.89 misouth787.44 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorMon 11:04 AM490 km304 miles264 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeMon 11:04 AM864 km537 miles467 nmNorth N
Rio de Janeiro *Mon 12:04 PM1154 km717 miles623 nmSouthwest SW
Brasilia *Mon 12:04 PM1370 km851 miles740 nmWest W
FortalezaMon 11:04 AM1398 km869 miles755 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Mon 12:04 PM1476 km917 miles797 nmSouthwest SW
BelémMon 11:04 AM2172 km1350 miles1173 nmNorthwest NW
Asuncion *Mon 11:04 AM2564 km1593 miles1385 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Mon 12:04 PM2974 km1848 miles1606 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneMon 11:04 AM2987 km1856 miles1613 nmNorthwest NW
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