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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 13:16:00 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 13:16:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 24' South, Longitude: 22° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.60 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"978.58 miwest0° 00' 35.0"0.67 misouth978.55 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.6"3.69 mieast0° 13' 52.3"15.90 misouth16.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:16:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 20' South, Longitude: 44° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.14 meters/second, 1552.1 km/hour, 964.4 miles/hour or 838.1 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' 13.1"964.25 miwest0° 08' 47.0"10.06 minorth964.64 mi
24 hours12° 41' 08.3"846.34 mieast3° 49' 53.9"263.41 minorth893.14 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeSun 10:16 AM1816 km1129 miles981 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorSun 10:16 AM1833 km1139 miles990 nmWest-northwest WNW
JamestownSun 1:16 PM1839 km1143 miles993 nmEast E
Rio de Janeiro *Sun 11:16 AM2164 km1345 miles1169 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaSun 10:16 AM2446 km1520 miles1321 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Sun 11:16 AM2522 km1567 miles1362 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Sun 11:16 AM2703 km1679 miles1459 nmWest W
MonroviaSun 1:16 PM3127 km1943 miles1689 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownSun 1:16 PM3253 km2021 miles1757 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakrySun 1:16 PM3345 km2078 miles1806 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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