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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 Friday, November 9, 2012 at 20:28:00 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 Friday, November 9, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 09' South, Longitude: 131° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.31 meters/second, 1595.9 km/hour, 991.6 miles/hour or 861.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.53 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 59' 56.3"991.40 miwest0° 00' 42.0"0.80 misouth991.37 mi
24 hours0° 01' 34.2"1.73 mieast0° 16' 41.8"19.14 misouth19.22 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 9, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 20' South, Longitude: 174° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.41 meters/second, 1614.3 km/hour, 1003.1 miles/hour or 871.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.72 miwest0° 00' 12.2"0.23 misouth16.72 mi
1 hour14° 30' 11.4"1002.92 miwest0° 12' 18.2"14.09 misouth1002.98 mi
24 hours347° 48' 06.3"843.53 miwest4° 55' 36.9"338.53 misouth907.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Gambier IslandsFri 11:28 AM779 km484 miles421 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownFri 12:28 PM882 km548 miles476 nmSouth S
PapeeteFri 10:28 AM1971 km1225 miles1064 nmWest W
Easter Island *Fri 3:28 PM2488 km1546 miles1343 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaFri 10:28 AM3054 km1897 miles1649 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiSat 10:28 AM3573 km2220 miles1929 nmWest-northwest WNW
AlofiFri 9:28 AM4114 km2556 miles2221 nmWest W
Apia *Sat 10:28 AM4380 km2722 miles2365 nmWest W
NukualofaSat 9:28 AM4654 km2892 miles2513 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluFri 10:28 AM5165 km3209 miles2789 nmNorthwest NW
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