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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 Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 15:32:00 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 Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 15:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 48' South, Longitude: 57° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.12 meters/second, 1598.8 km/hour, 993.5 miles/hour or 863.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.56 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 59' 57.0"993.22 miwest0° 00' 43.0"0.82 misouth993.19 mi
24 hours0° 01' 18.7"1.45 mieast0° 17' 03.0"19.54 misouth19.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 15:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 27' North, Longitude: 125° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.77 meters/second, 1612.0 km/hour, 1001.6 miles/hour or 870.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"16.69 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 31' 21.3"1001.51 miwest0° 11' 35.3"13.27 misouth1001.73 mi
24 hours11° 36' 58.7"801.09 mieast4° 46' 40.3"328.28 misouth867.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Cuiabá *Thu 12:32 PM175 km109 miles94 nmNortheast NE
San Ignacio de VelascoThu 11:32 AM421 km261 miles227 nmWest W
Barra do GarçasThu 12:32 PM521 km324 miles281 nmEast E
Santa CruzThu 11:32 AM661 km411 miles357 nmWest W
SucreThu 11:32 AM905 km562 miles488 nmWest-southwest WSW
Asuncion *Thu 12:32 PM940 km584 miles508 nmSouth S
Brasilia *Thu 1:32 PM986 km612 miles532 nmEast E
La PazThu 11:32 AM1183 km735 miles639 nmWest W
São Paulo *Thu 1:32 PM1320 km820 miles713 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoThu 11:32 AM1389 km863 miles750 nmWest-northwest WNW
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