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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 18:24:00 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 18:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 13' South, Longitude: 99° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.10 meters/second, 1577.2 km/hour, 980.0 miles/hour or 851.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.33 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.0"979.70 miwest0° 00' 35.8"0.68 misouth979.67 mi
24 hours0° 03' 14.2"3.53 mieast0° 14' 08.8"16.22 misouth16.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 18:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 49' South, Longitude: 42° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.75 meters/second, 1529.1 km/hour, 950.1 miles/hour or 825.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.84 miwest0° 00' 07.0"0.13 minorth15.84 mi
1 hour14° 25' 24.2"949.92 miwest0° 07' 01.0"8.04 minorth950.26 mi
24 hours13° 23' 48.3"882.33 mieast3° 14' 52.8"223.34 minorth917.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Sat 1:24 PM1314 km817 miles710 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:24 PM2307 km1433 miles1245 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaSat 1:24 PM2554 km1587 miles1379 nmEast-northeast ENE
QuitoSat 1:24 PM3126 km1942 miles1688 nmNortheast NE
AdamstownSat 10:24 AM3194 km1985 miles1725 nmWest-southwest WSW
Santiago *Sat 3:24 PM3284 km2041 miles1773 nmSoutheast SE
La PazSat 2:24 PM3357 km2086 miles1812 nmEast E
Rio BrancoSat 2:24 PM3578 km2224 miles1932 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreSat 2:24 PM3619 km2249 miles1954 nmEast E
San JoseSat 12:24 PM3651 km2269 miles1972 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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