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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 28, 2012 at 02:24:00 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 28, 2012 at 02:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 21' South, Longitude: 140° 60' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.09 meters/second, 1555.5 km/hour, 966.6 miles/hour or 839.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.11 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.11 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.1"966.19 miwest0° 00' 26.1"0.50 misouth966.16 mi
24 hours0° 05' 11.0"5.57 mieast0° 10' 14.2"11.74 misouth12.99 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 02:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 53' North, Longitude: 44° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.39 meters/second, 1520.6 km/hour, 944.9 miles/hour or 821.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.75 miwest0° 00' 03.3"0.07 minorth15.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 09.7"944.55 miwest0° 03' 23.7"3.89 minorth944.39 mi
24 hours11° 36' 40.4"755.44 mieast0° 55' 42.6"63.87 minorth755.90 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 12:24 PM171 km106 miles92 nmWest-northwest WNW
CairnsWed 12:24 PM702 km436 miles379 nmNortheast NE
Tennant CreekWed 11:54 AM735 km456 miles397 nmWest-northwest WNW
Alice SpringsWed 11:54 AM778 km484 miles420 nmWest-southwest WSW
BrisbaneWed 12:24 PM1394 km866 miles753 nmEast-southeast ESE
DarwinWed 11:54 AM1461 km908 miles789 nmNorthwest NW
Port MoresbyWed 12:24 PM1474 km916 miles796 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Adelaide *Wed 12:54 PM1523 km947 miles823 nmSouth S
EuclaWed 11:09 AM1661 km1032 miles897 nmSouthwest SW
Sydney *Wed 1:24 PM1712 km1064 miles924 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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