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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 15:34:00 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 15:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 13' South, Longitude: 55° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.50 meters/second, 1546.2 km/hour, 960.8 miles/hour or 834.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.01 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth16.01 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.0"960.37 miwest0° 00' 20.2"0.39 misouth960.36 mi
24 hours0° 06' 04.5"6.49 mieast0° 07' 54.7"9.08 misouth11.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 3, 2012 at 15:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 43' North, Longitude: 178° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.80 meters/second, 1572.5 km/hour, 977.1 miles/hour or 849.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.28 miwest0° 00' 08.4"0.16 misouth16.28 mi
1 hour14° 32' 12.1"976.90 miwest0° 08' 26.3"9.67 misouth977.24 mi
24 hours11° 03' 40.8"743.40 mieast3° 39' 45.7"251.76 misouth789.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Pedro Juan Caballero *Mon 12:34 PM45 km28 miles24 nmSoutheast SE
Fuerte Olimpo *Mon 12:34 PM234 km146 miles127 nmWest-northwest WNW
Campo Grande *Mon 12:34 PM248 km154 miles134 nmNortheast NE
Asuncion *Mon 12:34 PM380 km236 miles205 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Ciudad del Este *Mon 12:34 PM391 km243 miles211 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Foz do Iguaçu *Mon 1:34 PM396 km246 miles214 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Encarnación *Mon 12:34 PM567 km353 miles306 nmSouth S
San Ignacio de VelascoMon 11:34 AM831 km516 miles449 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Mon 1:34 PM971 km604 miles524 nmEast E
Criciúma *Mon 1:34 PM978 km608 miles528 nmSoutheast SE
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