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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 11:24:00 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 11:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 08' South, Longitude: 5° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.29 meters/second, 1577.8 km/hour, 980.4 miles/hour or 852.0 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' 52.3"980.12 miwest0° 00' 36.0"0.69 misouth980.09 mi
24 hours0° 03' 10.6"3.46 mieast0° 14' 14.9"16.33 misouth16.70 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 35' South, Longitude: 58° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.58 meters/second, 1521.3 km/hour, 945.3 miles/hour or 821.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.6"15.75 miwest0° 00' 06.1"0.12 minorth15.75 mi
1 hour14° 24' 45.4"945.05 miwest0° 06' 13.8"7.14 minorth945.36 mi
24 hours13° 39' 51.2"896.00 mieast2° 58' 48.1"204.93 minorth926.34 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LubangoSat 12:24 PM992 km616 miles536 nmEast-northeast ENE
JamestownSat 11:24 AM1219 km758 miles658 nmWest-northwest WNW
Windhoek *Sat 1:24 PM1288 km800 miles695 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuandaSat 12:24 PM1427 km887 miles771 nmNortheast NE
KinshasaSat 12:24 PM1969 km1224 miles1063 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleSat 12:24 PM1973 km1226 miles1065 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownSat 1:24 PM2094 km1301 miles1130 nmSoutheast SE
São ToméSat 11:24 AM2161 km1342 miles1167 nmNorth N
LibrevilleSat 12:24 PM2208 km1372 miles1192 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneSat 1:24 PM2216 km1377 miles1196 nmEast-southeast ESE
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