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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 11:48:00 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 11:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 52' South, Longitude: 0° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.54 meters/second, 1589.6 km/hour, 987.7 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"987.44 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.77 misouth987.41 mi
24 hours0° 02' 08.2"2.35 mieast0° 15' 53.6"18.22 misouth18.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 46' South, Longitude: 21° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.35 meters/second, 1560.1 km/hour, 969.4 miles/hour or 842.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.16 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 25' 26.1"969.12 miwest0° 10' 12.1"11.69 misouth968.84 mi
24 hours14° 12' 39.9"954.83 mieast3° 38' 02.3"249.86 misouth979.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownMon 11:48 AM553 km343 miles298 nmWest-northwest WNW
LuandaMon 12:48 PM1831 km1138 miles988 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Mon 1:48 PM1954 km1214 miles1055 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméMon 11:48 AM2183 km1356 miles1179 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleMon 12:48 PM2319 km1441 miles1252 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaMon 12:48 PM2320 km1442 miles1253 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleMon 12:48 PM2322 km1443 miles1254 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanMon 11:48 AM2587 km1608 miles1397 nmNorth N
AccraMon 11:48 AM2591 km1610 miles1399 nmNorth N
MalaboMon 12:48 PM2620 km1628 miles1415 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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