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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 02:24:00 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 02:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 03' South, Longitude: 140° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.53 meters/second, 1578.7 km/hour, 981.0 miles/hour or 852.4 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"980.65 miwest0° 00' 36.3"0.69 misouth980.62 mi
24 hours0° 03' 06.0"3.38 mieast0° 14' 22.7"16.48 misouth16.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 02:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 25' South, Longitude: 172° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.07 meters/second, 1512.3 km/hour, 939.7 miles/hour or 816.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.8"15.66 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 minorth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 23' 58.5"939.43 miwest0° 05' 07.3"5.87 minorth939.69 mi
24 hours14° 00' 00.4"913.38 mieast2° 35' 39.5"178.42 minorth937.46 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NormantonSat 12:24 PM175 km109 miles95 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mount IsaSat 12:24 PM202 km125 miles109 nmSouth-southwest SSW
CairnsSat 12:24 PM631 km392 miles341 nmEast-northeast ENE
Tennant CreekSat 11:54 AM640 km398 miles346 nmWest W
Alice SpringsSat 11:54 AM838 km521 miles453 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinSat 11:54 AM1243 km773 miles671 nmNorthwest NW
Port MoresbySat 12:24 PM1299 km807 miles701 nmNortheast NE
BrisbaneSat 12:24 PM1604 km997 miles866 nmSoutheast SE
Adelaide *Sat 12:54 PM1768 km1098 miles954 nmSouth S
EuclaSat 11:09 AM1804 km1121 miles974 nmSouthwest SW
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