Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:24:00 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 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 02' South, Longitude: 155° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.55 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"980.71 miwest0° 00' 36.3"0.70 misouth980.68 mi
24 hours0° 03' 05.5"3.37 mieast0° 14' 23.6"16.50 misouth16.84 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 01:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 30' South, Longitude: 157° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.82 meters/second, 1511.3 km/hour, 939.1 miles/hour or 816.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.8"15.65 miwest0° 00' 04.9"0.09 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 23' 53.5"938.85 miwest0° 04' 59.5"5.72 minorth939.11 mi
24 hours14° 02' 11.3"915.28 mieast2° 32' 55.1"175.28 minorth938.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BrisbaneSat 11:24 AM961 km597 miles519 nmSouth-southwest SSW
CairnsSat 11:24 AM1030 km640 miles556 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraSat 12:24 PM1178 km732 miles636 nmNorth-northeast NNE
NoumeaSat 12:24 PM1220 km758 miles659 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port MoresbySat 11:24 AM1371 km852 miles740 nmNorthwest NW
Port VilaSat 12:24 PM1388 km863 miles750 nmEast E
Sydney *Sat 12:24 PM1691 km1051 miles913 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Canberra *Sat 12:24 PM1898 km1179 miles1025 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Alice SpringsSat 10:54 AM2274 km1413 miles1228 nmWest-southwest WSW
Melbourne *Sat 12:24 PM2308 km1434 miles1246 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools