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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 Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 01:34:00 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 Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 01:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 16' South, Longitude: 154° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.33 meters/second, 1545.6 km/hour, 960.4 miles/hour or 834.6 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' 44.8"959.99 miwest0° 00' 19.9"0.38 misouth959.97 mi
24 hours0° 06' 08.1"6.55 mieast0° 07' 43.9"8.87 misouth11.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 01:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 15' North, Longitude: 36° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.42 meters/second, 1581.9 km/hour, 983.0 miles/hour or 854.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.38 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.38 mi
1 hour14° 32' 20.4"982.79 miwest0° 09' 04.7"10.40 misouth983.12 mi
24 hours11° 01' 40.9"745.50 mieast3° 53' 32.1"267.52 misouth796.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BrisbaneTue 11:34 AM586 km364 miles316 nmSouth S
CairnsTue 11:34 AM1050 km653 miles567 nmWest-northwest WNW
NoumeaTue 12:34 PM1277 km794 miles690 nmEast E
Sydney *Tue 12:34 PM1315 km817 miles710 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Canberra *Tue 12:34 PM1520 km944 miles821 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HoniaraTue 12:34 PM1554 km966 miles839 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port VilaTue 12:34 PM1574 km978 miles850 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port MoresbyTue 11:34 AM1597 km992 miles862 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Melbourne *Tue 12:34 PM1931 km1200 miles1043 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Adelaide *Tue 12:04 PM2058 km1279 miles1111 nmSouthwest SW
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