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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 05:20:00 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 05:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 05' South, Longitude: 96° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.45 meters/second, 1578.4 km/hour, 980.8 miles/hour or 852.3 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' 52.4"980.48 miwest0° 00' 36.2"0.69 misouth980.45 mi
24 hours0° 03' 07.5"3.41 mieast0° 14' 20.1"16.44 misouth16.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 05:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 10' South, Longitude: 145° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.85 meters/second, 1515.0 km/hour, 941.4 miles/hour or 818.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"15.69 miwest0° 00' 05.3"0.10 minorth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 24' 13.2"941.17 miwest0° 05' 29.7"6.30 minorth941.45 mi
24 hours13° 53' 31.9"907.76 mieast2° 43' 30.3"187.41 minorth933.88 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BengkuluSat 12:20 PM1813 km1126 miles979 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BandungSat 12:20 PM1822 km1132 miles984 nmNortheast NE
JakartaSat 12:20 PM1832 km1139 miles989 nmNortheast NE
SurabayaSat 12:20 PM2211 km1374 miles1194 nmNortheast NE
DenpasarSat 1:20 PM2349 km1460 miles1269 nmEast-northeast ENE
SingaporeSat 1:20 PM2401 km1492 miles1296 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PerthSat 1:20 PM2425 km1507 miles1310 nmSoutheast SE
Kuala LumpurSat 1:20 PM2528 km1571 miles1365 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PontianakSat 12:20 PM2546 km1582 miles1375 nmNortheast NE
Amsterdam IslandSat 10:20 AM2755 km1712 miles1488 nmSouthwest SW
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