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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 21:46:00 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 21:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 30' South, Longitude: 150° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.95 meters/second, 1583.8 km/hour, 984.1 miles/hour or 855.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.40 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.40 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.6"983.85 miwest0° 00' 38.1"0.73 misouth983.82 mi
24 hours0° 02' 38.7"2.89 mieast0° 15' 07.0"17.33 misouth17.57 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 21:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 28' South, Longitude: 135° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.32 meters/second, 1498.8 km/hour, 931.3 miles/hour or 809.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.8"15.52 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.06 misouth15.52 mi
1 hour14° 21' 54.9"930.98 miwest0° 02' 50.0"3.25 misouth930.84 mi
24 hours15° 13' 19.6"986.46 mieast0° 24' 05.0"27.61 misouth985.55 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteWed 11:46 AM136 km84 miles73 nmNortheast NE
RarotongaWed 11:46 AM1032 km641 miles557 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiWed 10:46 AM2063 km1282 miles1114 nmWest W
AdamstownWed 1:46 PM2214 km1375 miles1195 nmEast-southeast ESE
Apia *Thu 11:46 AM2346 km1458 miles1267 nmWest W
KiritimatiThu 11:46 AM2379 km1479 miles1285 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FakaofoThu 10:46 AM2469 km1534 miles1333 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaThu 10:46 AM2617 km1626 miles1413 nmWest W
Suva *Thu 10:46 AM3297 km2049 miles1780 nmWest W
FunafutiThu 9:46 AM3468 km2155 miles1873 nmWest-northwest WNW
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