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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 22:08:00 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 22:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 30' South, Longitude: 155° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.94 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"983.83 miwest0° 00' 38.1"0.73 misouth983.80 mi
24 hours0° 02' 38.8"2.90 mieast0° 15' 06.6"17.32 misouth17.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 22:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 29' South, Longitude: 140° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.27 meters/second, 1498.6 km/hour, 931.2 miles/hour or 809.2 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"0.05 misouth15.52 mi
1 hour14° 21' 54.7"930.86 miwest0° 02' 46.6"3.18 misouth930.73 mi
24 hours15° 13' 13.7"986.25 mieast0° 22' 41.1"26.01 misouth985.37 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaWed 12:08 PM510 km317 miles275 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteWed 12:08 PM674 km419 miles364 nmEast E
AlofiWed 11:08 AM1484 km922 miles801 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:08 PM1778 km1105 miles960 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoThu 11:08 AM1944 km1208 miles1050 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaThu 11:08 AM2047 km1272 miles1105 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiThu 12:08 PM2259 km1404 miles1220 nmNorth N
Suva *Thu 11:08 AM2717 km1688 miles1467 nmWest W
AdamstownWed 2:08 PM2755 km1712 miles1488 nmEast-southeast ESE
FunafutiThu 10:08 AM2912 km1809 miles1572 nmWest-northwest WNW
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