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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 20:34:00 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 20:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 17' South, Longitude: 132° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.32 meters/second, 1603.1 km/hour, 996.1 miles/hour or 865.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.60 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.60 mi
1 hour14° 59' 57.9"995.92 miwest0° 00' 44.1"0.84 misouth995.89 mi
24 hours0° 00' 55.5"1.02 mieast0° 17' 33.2"20.12 misouth20.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 20:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 60' North, Longitude: 138° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.62 meters/second, 1582.6 km/hour, 983.4 miles/hour or 854.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.39 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 misouth16.39 mi
1 hour14° 31' 52.7"983.22 miwest0° 09' 20.0"10.69 misouth983.56 mi
24 hours11° 15' 40.9"762.01 mieast4° 00' 51.0"275.89 misouth815.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Gambier IslandsTue 11:34 AM798 km496 miles431 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownTue 12:34 PM1005 km625 miles543 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PapeeteTue 10:34 AM1815 km1128 miles980 nmWest W
Easter Island *Tue 3:34 PM2679 km1665 miles1447 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaTue 10:34 AM2916 km1812 miles1574 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiWed 10:34 AM3382 km2102 miles1826 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiTue 9:34 AM3966 km2465 miles2142 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 10:34 AM4217 km2620 miles2277 nmWest W
FakaofoWed 9:34 AM4259 km2646 miles2300 nmWest W
NukualofaWed 9:34 AM4514 km2805 miles2438 nmWest-southwest WSW
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