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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 06:34:00 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 06:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 05' South, Longitude: 77° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.41 meters/second, 1578.3 km/hour, 980.7 miles/hour or 852.2 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"980.40 miwest0° 00' 36.1"0.69 misouth980.37 mi
24 hours0° 03' 08.1"3.42 mieast0° 14' 19.1"16.41 misouth16.77 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 06:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 03' South, Longitude: 127° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.19 meters/second, 1516.3 km/hour, 942.2 miles/hour or 818.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.70 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 minorth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 24' 19.7"941.93 miwest0° 05' 38.8"6.48 minorth942.21 mi
24 hours13° 50' 46.8"905.38 mieast2° 46' 42.9"191.09 minorth932.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaSat 12:34 PM1423 km884 miles769 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Amsterdam IslandSat 11:34 AM2073 km1288 miles1119 nmSouth S
Port LouisSat 10:34 AM2127 km1322 miles1149 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSat 10:34 AM2341 km1455 miles1264 nmWest W
MaleSat 11:34 AM2615 km1625 miles1412 nmNorth N
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSat 12:04 PM2883 km1791 miles1557 nmNorth N
VictoriaSat 10:34 AM2904 km1804 miles1568 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoSat 9:34 AM3180 km1976 miles1717 nmWest W
Port-aux-FrancaisSat 11:34 AM3424 km2128 miles1849 nmSouth S
JakartaSat 1:34 PM3458 km2149 miles1867 nmEast-northeast ENE
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