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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 11:24:00 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 11:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 54' South, Longitude: 5° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.93 meters/second, 1580.1 km/hour, 981.9 miles/hour or 853.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.36 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.7"981.56 miwest0° 00' 36.9"0.70 misouth981.53 mi
24 hours0° 02' 58.3"3.24 mieast0° 14' 35.4"16.73 misouth17.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 26' South, Longitude: 43° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.88 meters/second, 1500.8 km/hour, 932.5 miles/hour or 810.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.7"15.54 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 minorth15.54 mi
1 hour14° 22' 52.5"932.27 miwest0° 03' 02.9"3.50 minorth932.43 mi
24 hours14° 30' 41.1"940.70 mieast1° 51' 10.6"127.45 minorth954.72 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LubangoFri 12:24 PM985 km612 miles532 nmEast-northeast ENE
JamestownFri 11:24 AM1207 km750 miles652 nmWest-northwest WNW
Windhoek *Fri 1:24 PM1302 km809 miles703 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuandaFri 12:24 PM1410 km876 miles761 nmNortheast NE
KinshasaFri 12:24 PM1950 km1212 miles1053 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleFri 12:24 PM1954 km1214 miles1055 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownFri 1:24 PM2118 km1316 miles1144 nmSoutheast SE
São ToméFri 11:24 AM2134 km1326 miles1152 nmNorth N
LibrevilleFri 12:24 PM2183 km1357 miles1179 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneFri 1:24 PM2230 km1386 miles1204 nmEast-southeast ESE
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