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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 07:06:00 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 07:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 06' South, Longitude: 69° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.40 meters/second, 1578.2 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"16.34 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.34 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.4"980.37 miwest0° 00' 36.1"0.69 misouth980.34 mi
24 hours0° 03' 08.4"3.42 mieast0° 14' 18.7"16.41 misouth16.76 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 07:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 00' South, Longitude: 120° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.33 meters/second, 1516.8 km/hour, 942.5 miles/hour or 819.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.71 miwest0° 00' 05.6"0.11 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 24' 22.4"942.26 miwest0° 05' 42.9"6.55 minorth942.55 mi
24 hours13° 49' 35.0"904.35 mieast2° 48' 05.3"192.66 minorth931.70 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues)Sat 11:06 AM669 km416 miles361 nmWest W
Port LouisSat 11:06 AM1291 km802 miles697 nmWest W
Diego GarciaSat 1:06 PM1333 km828 miles720 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-DenisSat 11:06 AM1510 km938 miles815 nmWest W
Amsterdam IslandSat 12:06 PM2207 km1371 miles1192 nmSouth-southeast SSE
VictoriaSat 11:06 AM2231 km1387 miles1205 nmNorthwest NW
AntananarivoSat 10:06 AM2340 km1454 miles1264 nmWest W
MaleSat 12:06 PM2607 km1620 miles1407 nmNorth N
MoroniSat 10:06 AM2956 km1837 miles1596 nmWest-northwest WNW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSat 12:36 PM3082 km1915 miles1664 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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