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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 Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 02:14:00 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 Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 02:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 10' South, Longitude: 143° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.61 meters/second, 1557.4 km/hour, 967.7 miles/hour or 840.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.13 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.13 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.7"967.37 miwest0° 00' 27.1"0.52 misouth967.34 mi
24 hours0° 05' 00.5"5.39 mieast0° 10' 38.6"12.20 misouth13.34 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 02:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 04' North, Longitude: 53° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.28 meters/second, 1538.2 km/hour, 955.8 miles/hour or 830.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"15.93 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 minorth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 31' 44.4"955.52 miwest0° 05' 29.9"6.30 minorth955.29 mi
24 hours11° 25' 07.2"751.04 mieast1° 48' 25.6"124.30 minorth757.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsTue 12:14 PM532 km331 miles287 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Tennant CreekTue 11:44 AM977 km607 miles528 nmWest W
Alice SpringsTue 11:44 AM1022 km635 miles552 nmWest-southwest WSW
BrisbaneTue 12:14 PM1199 km745 miles647 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbyTue 12:14 PM1358 km844 miles734 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Adelaide *Tue 12:44 PM1596 km992 miles862 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Sydney *Tue 1:14 PM1602 km995 miles865 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinTue 11:44 AM1649 km1025 miles890 nmNorthwest NW
Canberra *Tue 1:14 PM1660 km1032 miles897 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Melbourne *Tue 1:14 PM1851 km1150 miles999 nmSouth S
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