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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 17:24:00 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 17:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 07' South, Longitude: 84° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.65 meters/second, 1568.3 km/hour, 974.5 miles/hour or 846.8 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"974.19 miwest0° 00' 32.1"0.62 misouth974.16 mi
24 hours0° 04' 01.1"4.35 mieast0° 12' 43.1"14.58 misouth15.22 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 17:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 54' South, Longitude: 20° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.49 meters/second, 1618.2 km/hour, 1005.5 miles/hour or 873.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.5"16.76 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.76 mi
1 hour14° 32' 35.4"1005.41 miwest0° 11' 22.0"13.02 minorth1005.55 mi
24 hours10° 49' 30.8"748.38 mieast4° 30' 10.0"309.38 minorth809.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaWed 12:24 PM1195 km742 miles645 nmNortheast NE
La PazWed 1:24 PM1773 km1102 miles957 nmEast E
Santiago *Wed 2:24 PM2013 km1251 miles1087 nmSoutheast SE
SucreWed 1:24 PM2019 km1255 miles1090 nmEast E
GuayaquilWed 12:24 PM2041 km1268 miles1102 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rio BrancoWed 1:24 PM2111 km1312 miles1140 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsWed 11:24 AM2197 km1365 miles1186 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoWed 12:24 PM2293 km1425 miles1238 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CórdobaWed 2:24 PM2386 km1482 miles1288 nmSoutheast SE
Easter Island *Wed 12:24 PM2646 km1644 miles1429 nmWest-southwest WSW
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