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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 Monday, December 29, 2008 at 07:58:00 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 Monday, December 29, 2008 at 07:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 12' South, Longitude: 61° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.40 meters/second, 1535.1 km/hour, 953.8 miles/hour or 828.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.90 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.7"953.41 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth953.42 mi
24 hours0° 07' 15.7"7.70 mieast0° 03' 54.4"4.48 minorth8.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 29, 2008 at 07:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 41' South, Longitude: 82° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 417.67 meters/second, 1503.6 km/hour, 934.3 miles/hour or 811.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"15.57 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 minorth15.57 mi
1 hour14° 31' 42.3"933.93 miwest0° 08' 33.1"9.81 minorth934.44 mi
24 hours11° 04' 53.3"712.46 mieast3° 50' 21.8"264.10 minorth768.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues) *Mon 12:58 PM461 km286 miles249 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port Louis *Mon 12:58 PM497 km309 miles269 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-DenisMon 11:58 AM632 km393 miles341 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoMon 10:58 AM1483 km921 miles801 nmWest-northwest WNW
Diego GarciaMon 1:58 PM2136 km1327 miles1153 nmNortheast NE
VictoriaMon 11:58 AM2142 km1331 miles1156 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Amsterdam IslandMon 12:58 PM2259 km1404 miles1220 nmSoutheast SE
MoroniMon 10:58 AM2274 km1413 miles1228 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaputoMon 9:58 AM2893 km1798 miles1562 nmWest-southwest WSW
Dar es SalaamMon 10:58 AM2951 km1834 miles1594 nmNorthwest NW
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