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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 15:56:00 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 15:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 27' South, Longitude: 62° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.11 meters/second, 1584.4 km/hour, 984.5 miles/hour or 855.5 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"984.21 miwest0° 00' 38.3"0.73 misouth984.18 mi
24 hours0° 02' 35.6"2.84 mieast0° 15' 11.7"17.42 misouth17.65 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 15:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 09' South, Longitude: 51° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 417.26 meters/second, 1502.1 km/hour, 933.4 miles/hour or 811.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.9"15.56 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 misouth15.56 mi
1 hour14° 22' 02.2"933.08 miwest0° 03' 44.6"4.29 misouth932.90 mi
24 hours15° 13' 54.2"989.18 mieast0° 46' 19.1"53.11 misouth988.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Santa CruzWed 11:56 AM80 km50 miles43 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SucreWed 11:56 AM262 km163 miles141 nmWest-southwest WSW
San Ignacio de VelascoWed 11:56 AM305 km189 miles165 nmNortheast NE
La PazWed 11:56 AM599 km372 miles324 nmWest-northwest WNW
SaltaWed 12:56 PM750 km466 miles405 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RiberaltaWed 11:56 AM891 km554 miles481 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Asuncion *Wed 12:56 PM930 km578 miles502 nmSoutheast SE
TucumánWed 12:56 PM959 km596 miles518 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Rio BrancoWed 11:56 AM1078 km670 miles582 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CórdobaWed 12:56 PM1443 km897 miles779 nmSouth S
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