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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 Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 14:46:00 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 Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 14:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 36' South, Longitude: 44° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.33 meters/second, 1552.8 km/hour, 964.9 miles/hour or 838.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.08 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 59' 46.5"964.48 miwest0° 00' 24.4"0.47 misouth964.46 mi
24 hours0° 05' 26.4"5.83 mieast0° 09' 36.9"11.03 misouth12.47 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 14:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 56' North, Longitude: 147° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.34 meters/second, 1509.6 km/hour, 938.0 miles/hour or 815.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.63 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 misouth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.7"937.70 miwest0° 00' 04.2"0.08 misouth937.71 mi
24 hours11° 41' 23.3"755.42 mieast0° 28' 33.5"32.74 misouth757.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Juiz de Fora *Thu 12:46 PM104 km65 miles56 nmEast E
Volta Redonda *Thu 12:46 PM105 km65 miles57 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Niterói *Thu 12:46 PM194 km121 miles105 nmSoutheast SE
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 12:46 PM194 km121 miles105 nmSoutheast SE
Belo Horizonte *Thu 12:46 PM211 km131 miles114 nmNorth-northeast NNE
São José dos Campos *Thu 12:46 PM238 km148 miles129 nmSouthwest SW
Campinas *Thu 12:46 PM316 km196 miles170 nmWest-southwest WSW
São Paulo *Thu 12:46 PM318 km198 miles172 nmSouthwest SW
Pirassununga *Thu 12:46 PM319 km198 miles172 nmWest W
Santos *Thu 12:46 PM330 km205 miles178 nmSouthwest SW
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