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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 Tuesday, November 6, 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 Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 04' South, Longitude: 144° 55' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.83 meters/second, 1605.0 km/hour, 997.3 miles/hour or 866.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.62 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 59' 58.4"997.08 miwest0° 00' 44.6"0.85 misouth997.05 mi
24 hours0° 00' 45.5"0.84 mieast0° 17' 45.7"20.36 misouth20.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 40' North, Longitude: 47° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.75 meters/second, 1565.1 km/hour, 972.5 miles/hour or 845.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.21 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.15 misouth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 31' 46.4"972.31 miwest0° 08' 02.6"9.22 misouth972.65 mi
24 hours11° 15' 39.9"753.63 mieast3° 32' 29.7"243.46 misouth797.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsTue 12:04 PM133 km82 miles72 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbyTue 12:04 PM771 km479 miles417 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsTue 11:34 AM1432 km890 miles773 nmSouthwest SW
BrisbaneTue 12:04 PM1516 km942 miles818 nmSouth-southeast SSE
JayapuraTue 11:04 AM1565 km972 miles845 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DarwinTue 11:34 AM1569 km975 miles847 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraTue 1:04 PM1789 km1112 miles966 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManokwariTue 11:04 AM2060 km1280 miles1112 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Tue 1:04 PM2071 km1287 miles1118 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Canberra *Tue 1:04 PM2171 km1349 miles1172 nmSouth S
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