Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 17:56:00 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 17:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 26' South, Longitude: 92° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.48 meters/second, 1574.9 km/hour, 978.6 miles/hour or 850.4 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' 51.7"978.30 miwest0° 00' 34.9"0.67 misouth978.27 mi
24 hours0° 03' 26.0"3.74 mieast0° 13' 48.2"15.82 misouth16.26 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 17:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 38' South, Longitude: 22° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.75 meters/second, 1557.9 km/hour, 968.0 miles/hour or 841.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.5"16.13 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.13 mi
1 hour14° 27' 39.7"967.87 miwest0° 09' 08.5"10.47 minorth968.26 mi
24 hours12° 31' 04.9"837.86 mieast3° 56' 45.4"271.25 minorth887.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaSun 12:56 PM1862 km1157 miles1005 nmEast-northeast ENE
Easter Island *Sun 12:56 PM1902 km1182 miles1027 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsSun 11:56 AM2078 km1291 miles1122 nmNorth N
GuayaquilSun 12:56 PM2358 km1465 miles1273 nmNortheast NE
La PazSun 1:56 PM2616 km1626 miles1413 nmEast E
QuitoSun 12:56 PM2627 km1633 miles1419 nmNortheast NE
Santiago *Sun 2:56 PM2676 km1663 miles1445 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoSun 1:56 PM2868 km1782 miles1549 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreSun 1:56 PM2878 km1788 miles1554 nmEast E
CórdobaSun 2:56 PM3146 km1955 miles1699 nmEast-southeast ESE
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools