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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 18:56:00 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 18:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 27' South, Longitude: 107° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.45 meters/second, 1574.8 km/hour, 978.6 miles/hour or 850.3 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' 51.6"978.24 miwest0° 00' 34.9"0.67 misouth978.22 mi
24 hours0° 03' 26.6"3.74 mieast0° 13' 47.3"15.81 misouth16.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 18:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 29' South, Longitude: 37° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.10 meters/second, 1559.1 km/hour, 968.8 miles/hour or 841.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.15 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 27' 45.3"968.64 miwest0° 09' 12.8"10.56 minorth969.04 mi
24 hours12° 28' 57.8"836.08 mieast3° 58' 08.3"272.83 minorth885.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Sun 1:56 PM862 km536 miles466 nmSouth S
AdamstownSun 10:56 AM2392 km1486 miles1291 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsSun 12:56 PM2844 km1767 miles1536 nmNortheast NE
LimaSun 1:56 PM3377 km2098 miles1823 nmEast E
QuitoSun 1:56 PM3826 km2377 miles2066 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Sun 3:56 PM3975 km2470 miles2146 nmEast-southeast ESE
San JoseSun 12:56 PM4153 km2581 miles2243 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSun 12:56 PM4188 km2602 miles2261 nmNorth-northeast NNE
La PazSun 2:56 PM4191 km2604 miles2263 nmEast E
GuatemalaSun 12:56 PM4209 km2615 miles2273 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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