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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 19:06:00 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 19:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 59' South, Longitude: 110° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.72 meters/second, 1579.4 km/hour, 981.4 miles/hour or 852.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.36 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.5"981.09 miwest0° 00' 36.5"0.70 misouth981.06 mi
24 hours0° 03' 02.3"3.31 mieast0° 14' 28.9"16.60 misouth16.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at 19:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 59' South, Longitude: 67° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.34 meters/second, 1506.0 km/hour, 935.8 miles/hour or 813.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.60 miwest0° 00' 04.1"0.08 minorth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 23' 24.2"935.55 miwest0° 04' 08.6"4.75 minorth935.77 mi
24 hours14° 15' 32.2"927.03 mieast2° 14' 53.8"154.64 minorth946.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Fri 2:06 PM903 km561 miles488 nmSouth S
AdamstownFri 11:06 AM2154 km1338 miles1163 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsFri 1:06 PM3014 km1873 miles1627 nmNortheast NE
LimaFri 2:06 PM3640 km2262 miles1965 nmEast E
QuitoFri 2:06 PM4041 km2511 miles2182 nmEast-northeast ENE
PapeeteFri 9:06 AM4151 km2579 miles2241 nmWest W
Santiago *Fri 4:06 PM4238 km2633 miles2288 nmEast-southeast ESE
San SalvadorFri 1:06 PM4290 km2665 miles2316 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaFri 1:06 PM4299 km2671 miles2321 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San JoseFri 1:06 PM4299 km2671 miles2321 nmNortheast NE
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