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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 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:32:00 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 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 58' South, Longitude: 138° 29' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.02 meters/second, 1569.7 km/hour, 975.4 miles/hour or 847.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.26 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.26 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.5"975.03 miwest0° 00' 32.8"0.63 misouth975.00 mi
24 hours0° 03' 54.0"4.23 mieast0° 12' 56.9"14.85 misouth15.44 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 43' South, Longitude: 123° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.89 meters/second, 1612.4 km/hour, 1001.9 miles/hour or 870.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.70 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 minorth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 56.0"1001.82 miwest0° 11' 19.8"12.97 minorth1002.04 mi
24 hours11° 01' 28.0"760.00 mieast4° 32' 31.0"312.07 minorth823.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mount IsaWed 12:32 PM135 km84 miles73 nmSoutheast SE
Tennant CreekWed 12:02 PM451 km280 miles243 nmWest W
Alice SpringsWed 12:02 PM630 km392 miles340 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsWed 12:32 PM842 km523 miles454 nmEast-northeast ENE
DarwinWed 12:02 PM1164 km724 miles629 nmNorthwest NW
Port MoresbyWed 12:32 PM1494 km928 miles807 nmNortheast NE
EuclaWed 11:17 AM1612 km1002 miles871 nmSouthwest SW
Adelaide *Wed 1:02 PM1658 km1030 miles895 nmSouth S
BrisbaneWed 12:32 PM1698 km1055 miles917 nmEast-southeast ESE
DiliWed 11:32 AM1878 km1167 miles1014 nmNorthwest NW
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