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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 Monday, November 19, 2012 at 00:56:00 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 Monday, November 19, 2012 at 00:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 31' South, Longitude: 162° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.30 meters/second, 1574.3 km/hour, 978.2 miles/hour or 850.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.30 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.30 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.4"977.89 miwest0° 00' 34.7"0.66 misouth977.86 mi
24 hours0° 03' 29.5"3.80 mieast0° 13' 41.9"15.71 misouth16.16 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 19, 2012 at 00:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 33' South, Longitude: 123° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.14 meters/second, 1566.5 km/hour, 973.4 miles/hour or 845.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.2"16.22 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 minorth16.22 mi
1 hour14° 28' 18.8"973.23 miwest0° 09' 37.3"11.02 minorth973.62 mi
24 hours12° 16' 34.7"825.61 mieast4° 05' 46.6"281.56 minorth878.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaMon 11:56 AM524 km326 miles283 nmSoutheast SE
Port VilaMon 11:56 AM659 km410 miles356 nmEast-northeast ENE
LuganvilleMon 11:56 AM676 km420 miles365 nmNortheast NE
HoniaraMon 11:56 AM1145 km711 miles618 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneMon 10:56 AM1297 km806 miles700 nmSouthwest SW
Suva *Mon 1:56 PM1700 km1056 miles918 nmEast E
CairnsMon 10:56 AM1776 km1104 miles959 nmWest W
Sydney *Mon 11:56 AM1936 km1203 miles1045 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port MoresbyMon 10:56 AM1975 km1227 miles1067 nmWest-northwest WNW
YarenMon 12:56 PM2157 km1340 miles1165 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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