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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 20:06:00 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 20:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 28' South, Longitude: 125° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.42 meters/second, 1574.7 km/hour, 978.5 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"978.18 miwest0° 00' 34.9"0.67 misouth978.15 mi
24 hours0° 03' 27.1"3.75 mieast0° 13' 46.2"15.79 misouth16.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 20:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 18' South, Longitude: 54° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.50 meters/second, 1560.6 km/hour, 969.7 miles/hour or 842.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.16 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 27' 51.9"969.54 miwest0° 09' 17.8"10.65 minorth969.93 mi
24 hours12° 26' 30.7"834.01 mieast3° 59' 42.5"274.62 minorth884.42 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSun 12:06 PM803 km499 miles433 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Sun 3:06 PM1824 km1133 miles985 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteSun 10:06 AM2584 km1606 miles1395 nmWest W
RarotongaSun 10:06 AM3613 km2245 miles1951 nmWest W
KiritimatiMon 10:06 AM4235 km2631 miles2287 nmWest-northwest WNW
Galapagos IslandsSun 2:06 PM4386 km2725 miles2368 nmEast-northeast ENE
AlofiSun 9:06 AM4692 km2915 miles2533 nmWest W
Apia *Mon 10:06 AM4997 km3105 miles2698 nmWest W
Mexico CitySun 2:06 PM5155 km3203 miles2783 nmNortheast NE
LimaSun 3:06 PM5205 km3234 miles2811 nmEast E
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