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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 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 Monday, November 19, 2012 at 18:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 41' South, Longitude: 107° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.83 meters/second, 1572.6 km/hour, 977.2 miles/hour or 849.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.29 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.29 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.1"976.84 miwest0° 00' 34.0"0.65 misouth976.81 mi
24 hours0° 03' 38.4"3.95 mieast0° 13' 25.7"15.40 misouth15.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, November 19, 2012 at 18:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 31' South, Longitude: 24° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.83 meters/second, 1587.0 km/hour, 986.1 miles/hour or 856.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.7"16.43 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 29' 51.4"986.00 miwest0° 10' 33.8"12.10 minorth986.35 mi
24 hours11° 43' 16.2"797.19 mieast4° 22' 29.0"300.64 minorth856.53 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 *Mon 1:56 PM839 km521 miles453 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownMon 10:56 AM2389 km1485 miles1290 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsMon 12:56 PM2858 km1776 miles1543 nmNortheast NE
LimaMon 1:56 PM3375 km2097 miles1822 nmEast E
QuitoMon 1:56 PM3834 km2382 miles2070 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Mon 3:56 PM3957 km2459 miles2136 nmEast-southeast ESE
San JoseMon 12:56 PM4169 km2590 miles2251 nmNortheast NE
La PazMon 2:56 PM4184 km2600 miles2259 nmEast E
San SalvadorMon 12:56 PM4207 km2614 miles2272 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaMon 12:56 PM4227 km2627 miles2282 nmNortheast NE
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