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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 14:46:00 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 14:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 26' South, Longitude: 45° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.14 meters/second, 1584.5 km/hour, 984.6 miles/hour or 855.6 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' 53.8"984.28 miwest0° 00' 38.3"0.73 misouth984.25 mi
24 hours0° 02' 35.0"2.83 mieast0° 15' 12.7"17.44 misouth17.66 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 14:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 04' South, Longitude: 35° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 417.48 meters/second, 1502.9 km/hour, 933.9 miles/hour or 811.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.0"15.56 miwest0° 00' 04.0"0.08 misouth15.56 mi
1 hour14° 22' 04.2"933.56 miwest0° 03' 55.4"4.50 misouth933.38 mi
24 hours15° 13' 48.6"989.56 mieast0° 50' 45.2"58.19 misouth988.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Belo Horizonte *Wed 12:46 PM212 km132 miles115 nmSoutheast SE
Montes Claros *Wed 12:46 PM245 km152 miles132 nmNortheast NE
Brasilia *Wed 12:46 PM396 km246 miles214 nmNorthwest NW
Pirassununga *Wed 12:46 PM450 km280 miles243 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Goiânia *Wed 12:46 PM459 km285 miles248 nmWest-northwest WNW
Campinas *Wed 12:46 PM527 km327 miles285 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Niterói *Wed 12:46 PM548 km341 miles296 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 12:46 PM551 km343 miles298 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Vitória *Wed 12:46 PM567 km352 miles306 nmEast-southeast ESE
São Paulo *Wed 12:46 PM584 km363 miles315 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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