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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 Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:48:00 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 Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 52' South, Longitude: 14° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.57 meters/second, 1589.7 km/hour, 987.8 miles/hour or 858.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.46 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.46 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.8"987.50 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.77 misouth987.47 mi
24 hours0° 02' 07.7"2.34 mieast0° 15' 54.4"18.23 misouth18.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 35' South, Longitude: 7° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.71 meters/second, 1561.4 km/hour, 970.2 miles/hour or 843.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.5"16.17 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.17 mi
1 hour14° 25' 31.3"969.92 miwest0° 10' 17.0"11.78 misouth969.64 mi
24 hours14° 10' 42.3"953.32 mieast3° 40' 29.6"252.67 misouth978.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LubangoMon 11:48 AM331 km206 miles179 nmNorth N
MenongueMon 11:48 AM526 km327 miles284 nmNortheast NE
Swakopmund *Mon 12:48 PM536 km333 miles289 nmSouth S
Walvis Bay *Mon 12:48 PM566 km352 miles306 nmSouth S
HuamboMon 11:48 AM591 km367 miles319 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rundu *Mon 12:48 PM605 km376 miles327 nmEast E
Windhoek *Mon 12:48 PM610 km379 miles330 nmSouth-southeast SSE
GhanziMon 12:48 PM902 km560 miles487 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuenaMon 11:48 AM922 km573 miles498 nmNortheast NE
MalanjeMon 11:48 AM953 km592 miles515 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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