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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 05:46:00 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 Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 05:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 35' South, Longitude: 89° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.73 meters/second, 1583.0 km/hour, 983.6 miles/hour or 854.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.39 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.39 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.4"983.36 miwest0° 00' 37.9"0.72 misouth983.33 mi
24 hours0° 02' 42.8"2.97 mieast0° 15' 00.4"17.20 misouth17.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 05:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 47' South, Longitude: 109° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.47 meters/second, 1495.7 km/hour, 929.4 miles/hour or 807.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.8"15.49 miwest0° 00' 01.6"0.03 misouth15.49 mi
1 hour14° 21' 52.0"929.07 miwest0° 01' 33.7"1.79 misouth928.99 mi
24 hours15° 09' 40.8"980.57 mieast0° 06' 19.6"7.26 minorth980.94 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaThu 11:46 AM2245 km1395 miles1212 nmWest-northwest WNW
JakartaThu 12:46 PM2315 km1438 miles1250 nmNortheast NE
BandungThu 12:46 PM2334 km1450 miles1260 nmEast-northeast ENE
Amsterdam IslandThu 10:46 AM2432 km1511 miles1313 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SingaporeThu 1:46 PM2691 km1672 miles1453 nmNortheast NE
Kuala LumpurThu 1:46 PM2741 km1703 miles1480 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DenpasarThu 1:46 PM2972 km1847 miles1605 nmEast-northeast ENE
PontianakThu 12:46 PM2974 km1848 miles1606 nmNortheast NE
PerthThu 1:46 PM3013 km1872 miles1627 nmSoutheast SE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteThu 11:16 AM3014 km1873 miles1627 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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