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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 Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 02:56:00 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 Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 02:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 34' South, Longitude: 132° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.81 meters/second, 1583.3 km/hour, 983.8 miles/hour or 854.9 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' 53.4"983.53 miwest0° 00' 38.0"0.73 misouth983.50 mi
24 hours0° 02' 41.4"2.94 mieast0° 15' 02.6"17.25 misouth17.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 02:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 41' South, Longitude: 150° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.71 meters/second, 1496.6 km/hour, 929.9 miles/hour or 808.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.8"15.50 miwest0° 00' 02.1"0.04 misouth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 21' 52.1"929.61 miwest0° 02' 00.9"2.31 misouth929.51 mi
24 hours15° 11' 20.6"982.94 mieast0° 04' 24.4"5.05 misouth982.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Tennant CreekThu 12:26 PM245 km153 miles133 nmEast-southeast ESE
Alice SpringsThu 12:26 PM596 km370 miles322 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinThu 12:26 PM689 km428 miles372 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliThu 11:56 AM1315 km817 miles710 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CairnsThu 12:56 PM1455 km904 miles786 nmEast E
EuclaThu 11:41 AM1490 km926 miles804 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port MoresbyThu 12:56 PM1909 km1186 miles1031 nmEast-northeast ENE
Adelaide *Thu 1:26 PM1923 km1195 miles1038 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ManokwariThu 11:56 AM1968 km1223 miles1063 nmNorth N
JayapuraThu 11:56 AM2002 km1244 miles1081 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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