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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 23:24:00 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 23:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 01' South, Longitude: 174° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.61 meters/second, 1579.0 km/hour, 981.1 miles/hour or 852.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.35 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.35 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.5"980.83 miwest0° 00' 36.4"0.70 misouth980.81 mi
24 hours0° 03' 04.5"3.35 mieast0° 14' 25.2"16.53 misouth16.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 16, 2012 at 23:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 40' South, Longitude: 129° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.32 meters/second, 1509.6 km/hour, 938.0 miles/hour or 815.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.63 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 23' 43.8"937.75 miwest0° 04' 43.7"5.42 minorth938.00 mi
24 hours14° 06' 30.1"919.05 mieast2° 27' 20.2"168.89 minorth941.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NeiafuSat 12:24 PM91 km57 miles49 nmEast-northeast ENE
PangaiSat 12:24 PM97 km61 miles53 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NukualofaSat 12:24 PM239 km148 miles129 nmSouth S
AlofiFri 12:24 PM509 km317 miles275 nmEast E
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sat 1:24 PM644 km400 miles348 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mata-UtuSat 11:24 AM651 km404 miles351 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Apia *Sat 1:24 PM656 km408 miles354 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Pago PagoFri 12:24 PM681 km423 miles368 nmNortheast NE
Labasa *Sat 12:24 PM686 km426 miles370 nmWest-northwest WNW
Suva *Sat 12:24 PM726 km451 miles392 nmWest W
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