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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 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:08:00 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 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 23' South, Longitude: 24° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.27 meters/second, 1585.0 km/hour, 984.8 miles/hour or 855.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.41 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.41 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.9"984.57 miwest0° 00' 38.5"0.74 misouth984.54 mi
24 hours0° 02' 32.5"2.78 mieast0° 15' 16.4"17.51 misouth17.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 44' South, Longitude: 31° 29' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.44 meters/second, 1506.4 km/hour, 936.0 miles/hour or 813.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.1"15.60 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 misouth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 22' 13.5"935.72 miwest0° 04' 37.7"5.31 misouth935.50 mi
24 hours15° 12' 44.6"990.50 mieast1° 08' 16.1"78.27 misouth990.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MaunWed 12:08 PM194 km121 miles105 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MonguWed 12:08 PM360 km224 miles194 nmNorth-northwest NNW
GhanziWed 12:08 PM450 km280 miles243 nmSouthwest SW
Rundu *Wed 12:08 PM465 km289 miles251 nmWest W
FrancistownWed 12:08 PM470 km292 miles254 nmSoutheast SE
BulawayoWed 12:08 PM508 km315 miles274 nmEast-southeast ESE
SeroweWed 12:08 PM519 km322 miles280 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LusakaWed 12:08 PM550 km342 miles297 nmNortheast NE
GweruWed 12:08 PM611 km379 miles330 nmEast-southeast ESE
KabweWed 12:08 PM635 km394 miles343 nmNortheast NE
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