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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 Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:30:00 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 Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 52' South, Longitude: 4° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.56 meters/second, 1550.0 km/hour, 963.1 miles/hour or 836.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.05 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.7"962.75 miwest0° 00' 22.8"0.44 misouth962.73 mi
24 hours0° 05' 44.8"6.15 mieast0° 08' 56.7"10.26 misouth11.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 22' South, Longitude: 16° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.11 meters/second, 1541.2 km/hour, 957.7 miles/hour or 832.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.96 miwest0° 00' 06.7"0.13 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 25' 28.8"957.38 miwest0° 06' 44.1"7.72 misouth957.14 mi
24 hours14° 09' 54.3"940.16 mieast2° 11' 15.8"150.45 misouth946.68 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Walvis Bay *Sun 1:30 PM1009 km627 miles545 nmEast E
Windhoek *Sun 1:30 PM1273 km791 miles687 nmEast E
JamestownSun 11:30 AM1286 km799 miles694 nmWest-northwest WNW
LuandaSun 12:30 PM1702 km1058 miles919 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Cape TownSun 1:30 PM1891 km1175 miles1021 nmSoutheast SE
GaboroneSun 1:30 PM2182 km1356 miles1178 nmEast-southeast ESE
KinshasaSun 12:30 PM2249 km1397 miles1214 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BrazzavilleSun 12:30 PM2253 km1400 miles1217 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JohannesburgSun 1:30 PM2412 km1499 miles1302 nmEast-southeast ESE
PretoriaSun 1:30 PM2421 km1504 miles1307 nmEast-southeast ESE
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