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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 01:24:00 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 Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 01:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 17' South, Longitude: 155° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.91 meters/second, 1576.5 km/hour, 979.6 miles/hour or 851.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.33 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.9"979.28 miwest0° 00' 35.4"0.68 misouth979.25 mi
24 hours0° 03' 17.7"3.59 mieast0° 14' 02.7"16.10 misouth16.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 01:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 57' South, Longitude: 143° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.06 meters/second, 1537.4 km/hour, 955.3 miles/hour or 830.1 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' 04.3"955.10 miwest0° 07' 43.9"8.86 minorth955.47 mi
24 hours13° 07' 44.2"868.75 mieast3° 29' 16.2"239.81 minorth908.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BrisbaneSun 11:24 AM936 km582 miles506 nmSouth-southwest SSW
CairnsSun 11:24 AM1041 km647 miles562 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraSun 12:24 PM1199 km745 miles648 nmNorth-northeast NNE
NoumeaSun 12:24 PM1207 km750 miles652 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port VilaSun 12:24 PM1385 km861 miles748 nmEast E
Port MoresbySun 11:24 AM1395 km867 miles753 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Sun 12:24 PM1666 km1035 miles900 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Canberra *Sun 12:24 PM1874 km1165 miles1012 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Alice SpringsSun 10:54 AM2272 km1412 miles1227 nmWest-southwest WSW
Melbourne *Sun 12:24 PM2286 km1420 miles1234 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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