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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 14:32:00 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 14:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 05' South, Longitude: 41° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.72 meters/second, 1568.6 km/hour, 974.7 miles/hour or 847.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.24 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.2"974.35 miwest0° 00' 32.3"0.62 misouth974.33 mi
24 hours0° 03' 59.7"4.33 mieast0° 12' 45.8"14.64 misouth15.26 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 14:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 26' South, Longitude: 62° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.27 meters/second, 1617.4 km/hour, 1005.0 miles/hour or 873.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 32' 28.9"1004.93 miwest0° 11' 22.4"13.02 minorth1005.08 mi
24 hours10° 51' 26.5"750.34 mieast4° 30' 55.9"310.25 minorth812.39 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Vitória *Wed 12:32 PM122 km76 miles66 nmEast-southeast ESE
Governador Valadares *Wed 12:32 PM147 km91 miles79 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Campos *Wed 12:32 PM186 km115 miles100 nmSouth S
Teófilo Otoni *Wed 12:32 PM245 km152 miles132 nmNorth N
Belo Horizonte *Wed 12:32 PM255 km158 miles138 nmWest W
Niterói *Wed 12:32 PM354 km220 miles191 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 12:32 PM365 km226 miles197 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Pirassununga *Wed 12:32 PM652 km405 miles352 nmWest-southwest WSW
São Paulo *Wed 12:32 PM657 km408 miles355 nmSouthwest SW
Santos *Wed 12:32 PM659 km410 miles356 nmSouthwest SW
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