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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 07:24:00 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 07:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 06' South, Longitude: 65° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.39 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"980.35 miwest0° 00' 36.1"0.69 misouth980.33 mi
24 hours0° 03' 08.6"3.43 mieast0° 14' 18.3"16.40 misouth16.75 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 07:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 58' South, Longitude: 115° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.42 meters/second, 1517.1 km/hour, 942.7 miles/hour or 819.2 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' 24.0"942.45 miwest0° 05' 45.0"6.59 minorth942.74 mi
24 hours13° 48' 54.5"903.77 mieast2° 48' 51.4"193.54 minorth931.33 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 11:24 AM204 km127 miles110 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port LouisSat 11:24 AM823 km511 miles444 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSat 11:24 AM1045 km649 miles564 nmWest-southwest WSW
Diego GarciaSat 1:24 PM1515 km941 miles818 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AntananarivoSat 10:24 AM1868 km1160 miles1008 nmWest W
VictoriaSat 11:24 AM1924 km1195 miles1039 nmNorthwest NW
Amsterdam IslandSat 12:24 PM2392 km1486 miles1292 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MoroniSat 10:24 AM2497 km1552 miles1348 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaleSat 12:24 PM2728 km1695 miles1473 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Dar es SalaamSat 10:24 AM3122 km1940 miles1686 nmWest-northwest WNW
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