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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 09:36:00 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 09:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 38' South, Longitude: 32° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.63 meters/second, 1582.7 km/hour, 983.4 miles/hour or 854.6 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' 53.3"983.13 miwest0° 00' 37.8"0.72 misouth983.10 mi
24 hours0° 02' 45.0"3.01 mieast0° 14' 57.2"17.14 misouth17.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 09:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 52' South, Longitude: 54° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.25 meters/second, 1494.9 km/hour, 928.9 miles/hour or 807.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.8"15.48 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth15.48 mi
1 hour14° 21' 53.8"928.57 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth928.53 mi
24 hours15° 06' 47.7"976.91 mieast0° 20' 44.6"23.78 minorth978.32 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MutareThu 11:36 AM64 km40 miles35 nmSoutheast SE
ChitungwizaThu 11:36 AM137 km85 miles74 nmWest-northwest WNW
HarareThu 11:36 AM148 km92 miles80 nmNorthwest NW
MasvingoThu 11:36 AM213 km132 miles115 nmSouthwest SW
GweruThu 11:36 AM264 km164 miles143 nmWest-southwest WSW
BeiraThu 11:36 AM310 km193 miles168 nmEast-southeast ESE
BulawayoThu 11:36 AM413 km257 miles223 nmWest-southwest WSW
BlantyreThu 11:36 AM436 km271 miles235 nmNortheast NE
LilongweThu 11:36 AM541 km336 miles292 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LusakaThu 11:36 AM546 km339 miles295 nmNorthwest NW
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