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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 Friday, November 23, 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 Friday, November 23, 2012 at 17:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 32' South, Longitude: 84° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.48 meters/second, 1564.1 km/hour, 971.9 miles/hour or 844.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.20 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.20 mi
1 hour14° 59' 49.1"971.55 miwest0° 00' 30.3"0.58 misouth971.52 mi
24 hours0° 04' 23.8"4.75 mieast0° 11' 57.9"13.72 misouth14.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 23, 2012 at 17:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 55' North, Longitude: 42° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.89 meters/second, 1608.8 km/hour, 999.7 miles/hour or 868.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.3"16.66 miwest0° 00' 10.3"0.20 minorth16.66 mi
1 hour14° 33' 22.6"999.56 miwest0° 10' 22.3"11.88 minorth999.44 mi
24 hours10° 40' 57.5"733.57 mieast3° 57' 29.7"272.03 minorth778.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaFri 12:24 PM1219 km758 miles658 nmNortheast NE
La PazFri 1:24 PM1768 km1099 miles955 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Fri 2:24 PM1968 km1223 miles1063 nmSoutheast SE
SucreFri 1:24 PM2005 km1246 miles1083 nmEast E
GuayaquilFri 12:24 PM2082 km1294 miles1124 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rio BrancoFri 1:24 PM2122 km1318 miles1146 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsFri 11:24 AM2245 km1395 miles1212 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoFri 12:24 PM2333 km1450 miles1260 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CórdobaFri 2:24 PM2347 km1459 miles1267 nmSoutheast SE
Easter Island *Fri 12:24 PM2643 km1642 miles1427 nmWest-southwest WSW
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