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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 12:02:00 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 12:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 53' South, Longitude: 4° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.54 meters/second, 1589.5 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"987.42 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.77 misouth987.39 mi
24 hours0° 02' 08.3"2.35 mieast0° 15' 53.4"18.21 misouth18.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 48' South, Longitude: 24° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.27 meters/second, 1559.8 km/hour, 969.2 miles/hour or 842.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.15 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 25' 24.8"968.93 miwest0° 10' 10.9"11.67 misouth968.65 mi
24 hours14° 13' 07.4"955.18 mieast3° 37' 27.6"249.20 misouth979.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownMon 12:02 PM255 km159 miles138 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LuandaMon 1:02 PM2158 km1341 miles1165 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Mon 2:02 PM2308 km1434 miles1246 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméMon 12:02 PM2357 km1465 miles1273 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleMon 1:02 PM2530 km1572 miles1366 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanMon 12:02 PM2566 km1594 miles1386 nmNorth N
KinshasaMon 1:02 PM2623 km1630 miles1416 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrazzavilleMon 1:02 PM2624 km1631 miles1417 nmEast-northeast ENE
AccraMon 12:02 PM2632 km1635 miles1421 nmNorth N
LomeMon 12:02 PM2727 km1695 miles1473 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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