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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 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 Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 12' South, Longitude: 35° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.50 meters/second, 1603.8 km/hour, 996.6 miles/hour or 866.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.61 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.61 mi
1 hour14° 59' 58.0"996.33 miwest0° 00' 44.3"0.85 misouth996.30 mi
24 hours0° 00' 52.0"0.96 mieast0° 17' 37.6"20.20 misouth20.22 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 59' North, Longitude: 126° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.94 meters/second, 1576.6 km/hour, 979.7 miles/hour or 851.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.33 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 31' 51.6"979.47 miwest0° 08' 54.0"10.20 misouth979.82 mi
24 hours11° 15' 10.0"758.54 mieast3° 51' 23.4"265.07 misouth808.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorTue 11:04 AM513 km319 miles277 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeTue 11:04 AM897 km557 miles484 nmNorth N
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 12:04 PM1132 km703 miles611 nmSouthwest SW
Brasilia *Tue 12:04 PM1371 km852 miles740 nmWest W
FortalezaTue 11:04 AM1430 km889 miles772 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Tue 12:04 PM1457 km906 miles787 nmSouthwest SW
BelémTue 11:04 AM2197 km1365 miles1186 nmNorthwest NW
Asuncion *Tue 11:04 AM2550 km1585 miles1377 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Tue 12:04 PM2950 km1833 miles1593 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneTue 11:04 AM3013 km1872 miles1627 nmNorthwest NW
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