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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 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:14:00 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 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 02' South, Longitude: 157° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.56 meters/second, 1578.8 km/hour, 981.0 miles/hour or 852.5 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"980.72 miwest0° 00' 36.3"0.70 misouth980.69 mi
24 hours0° 03' 05.4"3.37 mieast0° 14' 23.6"16.50 misouth16.84 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 31' South, Longitude: 155° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.78 meters/second, 1511.2 km/hour, 939.0 miles/hour or 816.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.7"15.65 miwest0° 00' 04.9"0.09 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 23' 52.7"938.76 miwest0° 04' 58.1"5.70 minorth939.02 mi
24 hours14° 02' 33.0"915.60 mieast2° 32' 27.5"174.76 minorth938.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaSat 12:14 PM975 km606 miles526 nmEast-southeast ESE
BrisbaneSat 11:14 AM1051 km653 miles568 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HoniaraSat 12:14 PM1089 km677 miles588 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port VilaSat 12:14 PM1126 km700 miles608 nmEast E
CairnsSat 11:14 AM1289 km801 miles696 nmWest W
Port MoresbySat 11:14 AM1556 km967 miles840 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Sat 12:14 PM1766 km1098 miles954 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Canberra *Sat 12:14 PM1990 km1237 miles1075 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Suva *Sat 2:14 PM2184 km1357 miles1179 nmEast E
YarenSat 1:14 PM2279 km1416 miles1230 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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