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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 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12:26:00 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 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 09' South, Longitude: 10° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.86 meters/second, 1587.1 km/hour, 986.2 miles/hour or 857.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.44 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.4"985.91 miwest0° 00' 39.2"0.75 misouth985.88 mi
24 hours0° 02' 21.4"2.58 mieast0° 15' 34.0"17.85 misouth18.03 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 28' South, Longitude: 16° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.62 meters/second, 1528.6 km/hour, 949.8 miles/hour or 825.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.83 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 misouth15.83 mi
1 hour14° 23' 26.4"949.54 miwest0° 07' 37.6"8.74 misouth949.25 mi
24 hours14° 54' 08.7"983.29 mieast2° 25' 56.3"167.29 misouth990.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 12:26 PM556 km346 miles300 nmEast-northeast ENE
AbidjanTue 12:26 PM2688 km1671 miles1452 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaTue 12:26 PM2706 km1681 miles1461 nmNorth N
LuandaTue 1:26 PM2755 km1712 miles1487 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméTue 12:26 PM2775 km1724 miles1498 nmNortheast NE
YamoussoukroTue 12:26 PM2818 km1751 miles1522 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraTue 12:26 PM2850 km1771 miles1539 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Windhoek *Tue 2:26 PM2909 km1808 miles1571 nmEast-southeast ESE
FreetownTue 12:26 PM2962 km1840 miles1599 nmNorth N
LomeTue 12:26 PM2973 km1847 miles1605 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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