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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 Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 01:06:00 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 Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 01:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 17' South, Longitude: 159° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.92 meters/second, 1576.5 km/hour, 979.6 miles/hour or 851.3 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' 51.9"979.30 miwest0° 00' 35.4"0.68 misouth979.27 mi
24 hours0° 03' 17.5"3.59 mieast0° 14' 02.9"16.11 misouth16.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 01:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 60' South, Longitude: 139° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.96 meters/second, 1537.0 km/hour, 955.1 miles/hour or 829.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"15.92 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 26' 02.7"954.87 miwest0° 07' 42.1"8.83 minorth955.24 mi
24 hours13° 08' 25.4"869.32 mieast3° 28' 41.3"239.14 minorth908.83 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaSun 12:06 PM767 km477 miles414 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuganvilleSun 12:06 PM887 km551 miles479 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port VilaSun 12:06 PM915 km569 miles494 nmEast E
HoniaraSun 12:06 PM1089 km677 miles588 nmNorth N
BrisbaneSun 11:06 AM1141 km709 miles616 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsSun 11:06 AM1506 km936 miles813 nmWest W
Port MoresbySun 11:06 AM1740 km1081 miles939 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Sun 12:06 PM1827 km1135 miles986 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Suva *Sun 2:06 PM1968 km1223 miles1063 nmEast E
Canberra *Sun 12:06 PM2061 km1281 miles1113 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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