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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 06:56:00 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 06:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 20' South, Longitude: 72° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.77 meters/second, 1576.0 km/hour, 979.3 miles/hour or 851.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.32 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.8"978.95 miwest0° 00' 35.2"0.68 misouth978.92 mi
24 hours0° 03' 20.5"3.64 mieast0° 13' 57.9"16.01 misouth16.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 06:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 13' South, Longitude: 136° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.95 meters/second, 1544.2 km/hour, 959.5 miles/hour or 833.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.6"15.99 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 26' 36.5"959.33 miwest0° 08' 14.8"9.45 minorth959.71 mi
24 hours12° 55' 11.3"858.17 mieast3° 39' 28.2"251.48 minorth901.30 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)Sun 10:56 AM934 km580 miles504 nmWest W
Diego GarciaSun 12:56 PM1328 km825 miles717 nmNorth N
Port LouisSun 10:56 AM1555 km966 miles840 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSun 10:56 AM1771 km1100 miles956 nmWest W
Amsterdam IslandSun 11:56 AM2109 km1311 miles1139 nmSouth-southeast SSE
VictoriaSun 10:56 AM2449 km1522 miles1322 nmNorthwest NW
MaleSun 11:56 AM2604 km1618 miles1406 nmNorth N
AntananarivoSun 9:56 AM2607 km1620 miles1408 nmWest W
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSun 12:26 PM3018 km1875 miles1629 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MoroniSun 9:56 AM3225 km2004 miles1741 nmWest W
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