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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 3, 2012 at 07:54:00 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 3, 2012 at 07:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 10' South, Longitude: 58° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.64 meters/second, 1546.7 km/hour, 961.1 miles/hour or 835.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.02 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.1"960.67 miwest0° 00' 20.5"0.39 misouth960.66 mi
24 hours0° 06' 01.6"6.44 mieast0° 08' 03.1"9.23 misouth11.26 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 3, 2012 at 07:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 45' North, Longitude: 66° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.73 meters/second, 1565.0 km/hour, 972.5 miles/hour or 845.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.21 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 32' 04.0"972.27 miwest0° 07' 54.8"9.07 misouth972.60 mi
24 hours11° 06' 00.1"742.58 mieast3° 28' 17.3"238.64 misouth785.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port LouisMon 11:54 AM270 km168 miles146 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-DenisMon 11:54 AM392 km244 miles212 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues)Mon 11:54 AM538 km334 miles290 nmEast-northeast ENE
AntananarivoMon 10:54 AM1248 km775 miles674 nmWest-northwest WNW
VictoriaMon 11:54 AM1978 km1229 miles1068 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MoroniMon 10:54 AM2034 km1264 miles1098 nmWest-northwest WNW
Diego GarciaMon 1:54 PM2185 km1357 miles1180 nmNortheast NE
Amsterdam IslandMon 12:54 PM2485 km1544 miles1342 nmSoutheast SE
Dar es SalaamMon 10:54 AM2712 km1685 miles1464 nmNorthwest NW
MaputoMon 9:54 AM2713 km1686 miles1465 nmWest-southwest WSW
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