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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 03:56:00 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 03:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 34' South, Longitude: 117° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.78 meters/second, 1583.2 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"983.47 miwest0° 00' 38.0"0.73 misouth983.44 mi
24 hours0° 02' 41.8"2.95 mieast0° 15' 01.9"17.23 misouth17.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 03:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 43' South, Longitude: 135° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.62 meters/second, 1496.2 km/hour, 929.7 miles/hour or 807.9 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' 01.8"0.04 misouth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 21' 52.0"929.40 miwest0° 01' 51.2"2.13 misouth929.31 mi
24 hours15° 10' 48.3"982.14 mieast0° 00' 36.7"0.70 misouth982.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KarrathaThu 11:56 AM242 km150 miles131 nmSouth S
Port HedlandThu 11:56 AM244 km151 miles132 nmSoutheast SE
DenpasarThu 11:56 AM1115 km693 miles602 nmNorth N
MalangThu 10:56 AM1265 km786 miles683 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurabayaThu 10:56 AM1339 km832 miles723 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurakartaThu 10:56 AM1400 km870 miles756 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliThu 12:56 PM1433 km891 miles774 nmNortheast NE
PerthThu 11:56 AM1489 km925 miles804 nmSouth S
MakassarThu 11:56 AM1506 km936 miles813 nmNorth N
DarwinThu 1:26 PM1615 km1004 miles872 nmEast-northeast ENE
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