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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 20:34:00 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 20:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 14' South, Longitude: 130° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.42 meters/second, 1545.9 km/hour, 960.6 miles/hour or 834.7 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' 44.9"960.18 miwest0° 00' 20.0"0.38 misouth960.16 mi
24 hours0° 06' 06.3"6.52 mieast0° 07' 49.3"8.97 misouth11.09 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 3, 2012 at 20:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 60' North, Longitude: 108° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.12 meters/second, 1577.2 km/hour, 980.1 miles/hour or 851.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.33 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 32' 16.6"979.87 miwest0° 08' 46.0"10.04 misouth980.21 mi
24 hours11° 02' 31.3"744.29 mieast3° 46' 49.2"259.84 misouth793.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownMon 12:34 PM325 km202 miles176 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Gambier IslandsMon 11:34 AM421 km262 miles227 nmWest-southwest WSW
PapeeteMon 10:34 AM2015 km1252 miles1088 nmWest-northwest WNW
Easter Island *Mon 3:34 PM2251 km1399 miles1216 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaMon 10:34 AM2978 km1850 miles1608 nmWest W
KiritimatiTue 10:34 AM3914 km2432 miles2113 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiMon 9:34 AM4064 km2525 miles2194 nmWest W
Apia *Tue 10:34 AM4405 km2737 miles2379 nmWest W
NukualofaTue 9:34 AM4563 km2835 miles2464 nmWest W
Suva *Tue 9:34 AM5286 km3284 miles2854 nmWest W
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