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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 13:24:00 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 13:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 55' South, Longitude: 24° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.87 meters/second, 1579.9 km/hour, 981.7 miles/hour or 853.1 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"981.44 miwest0° 00' 36.8"0.70 misouth981.41 mi
24 hours0° 02' 59.5"3.26 mieast0° 14' 33.8"16.70 misouth17.01 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at 13:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 20' South, Longitude: 14° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 417.22 meters/second, 1502.0 km/hour, 933.3 miles/hour or 811.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.55 miwest0° 00' 03.2"0.06 minorth15.56 mi
1 hour14° 23' 00.3"933.03 miwest0° 03' 20.4"3.83 minorth933.21 mi
24 hours14° 26' 53.7"937.24 mieast1° 57' 30.5"134.71 minorth952.54 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorFri 10:24 AM1608 km999 miles868 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeFri 10:24 AM1620 km1007 miles875 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Fri 11:24 AM1965 km1221 miles1061 nmWest-southwest WSW
JamestownFri 1:24 PM2051 km1274 miles1107 nmEast E
FortalezaFri 10:24 AM2252 km1399 miles1216 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Fri 11:24 AM2324 km1444 miles1255 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Fri 11:24 AM2478 km1540 miles1338 nmWest W
MonroviaFri 1:24 PM3184 km1979 miles1719 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BelémFri 10:24 AM3228 km2006 miles1743 nmNorthwest NW
FreetownFri 1:24 PM3285 km2041 miles1774 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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