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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 13:06:00 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 13:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 24' South, Longitude: 20° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.61 meters/second, 1575.4 km/hour, 978.9 miles/hour or 850.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.31 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.8"978.59 miwest0° 00' 35.0"0.67 misouth978.56 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.6"3.69 mieast0° 13' 52.5"15.91 misouth16.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 21' South, Longitude: 47° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.08 meters/second, 1551.9 km/hour, 964.3 miles/hour or 838.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"16.07 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 minorth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 27' 12.0"964.12 miwest0° 08' 46.2"10.05 minorth964.51 mi
24 hours12° 41' 30.1"846.64 mieast3° 49' 38.5"263.11 minorth893.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSun 1:06 PM1581 km982 miles853 nmEast-northeast ENE
RecifeSun 10:06 AM2020 km1255 miles1091 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorSun 10:06 AM2081 km1293 miles1124 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Sun 11:06 AM2419 km1503 miles1306 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaSun 10:06 AM2645 km1644 miles1428 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Sun 11:06 AM2777 km1725 miles1499 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Sun 11:06 AM2965 km1842 miles1601 nmWest W
MonroviaSun 1:06 PM3024 km1879 miles1633 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownSun 1:06 PM3176 km1974 miles1715 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AbidjanSun 1:06 PM3257 km2024 miles1758 nmNortheast NE
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