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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 Friday, November 16, 2012 at 09:46:00 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 Friday, November 16, 2012 at 09:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 53' South, Longitude: 29° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.97 meters/second, 1580.3 km/hour, 982.0 miles/hour or 853.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.37 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.7"981.66 miwest0° 00' 36.9"0.71 misouth981.63 mi
24 hours0° 02' 57.5"3.23 mieast0° 14' 36.9"16.75 misouth17.06 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at 09:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 31' South, Longitude: 67° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.62 meters/second, 1499.8 km/hour, 932.0 miles/hour or 809.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.7"15.53 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 minorth15.53 mi
1 hour14° 22' 46.5"931.69 miwest0° 02' 48.5"3.22 minorth931.83 mi
24 hours14° 33' 41.6"943.47 mieast1° 45' 55.0"121.43 minorth956.48 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GweruFri 11:46 AM64 km40 miles35 nmSouth S
ChitungwizaFri 11:46 AM171 km106 miles92 nmNortheast NE
MasvingoFri 11:46 AM177 km110 miles95 nmSoutheast SE
HarareFri 11:46 AM183 km113 miles99 nmNortheast NE
BulawayoFri 11:46 AM185 km115 miles100 nmSouthwest SW
MutareFri 11:46 AM310 km193 miles167 nmEast E
FrancistownFri 11:46 AM343 km213 miles185 nmSouthwest SW
LusakaFri 11:46 AM413 km256 miles223 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SeroweFri 11:46 AM499 km310 miles270 nmSouthwest SW
KabweFri 11:46 AM509 km316 miles275 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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