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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 07:34:00 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 07:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 18' South, Longitude: 64° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.23 meters/second, 1545.2 km/hour, 960.2 miles/hour or 834.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.00 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth16.00 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.6"959.76 miwest0° 00' 19.5"0.37 misouth959.74 mi
24 hours0° 06' 10.3"6.59 mieast0° 07' 37.4"8.75 misouth10.95 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 07:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 20' North, Longitude: 50° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.92 meters/second, 1587.3 km/hour, 986.3 miles/hour or 857.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.44 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 misouth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 32' 24.2"986.16 miwest0° 09' 26.1"10.81 misouth986.49 mi
24 hours11° 01' 07.9"747.38 mieast4° 01' 08.0"276.20 misouth801.11 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)Tue 11:34 AM298 km185 miles161 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port LouisTue 11:34 AM723 km449 miles390 nmWest-northwest WNW
Saint-DenisTue 11:34 AM907 km564 miles490 nmWest W
AntananarivoTue 10:34 AM1766 km1097 miles953 nmWest W
Diego GarciaTue 1:34 PM1882 km1169 miles1016 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Amsterdam IslandTue 12:34 PM2150 km1336 miles1161 nmSoutheast SE
VictoriaTue 11:34 AM2166 km1346 miles1169 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MoroniTue 10:34 AM2504 km1556 miles1352 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port-aux-FrancaisTue 12:34 PM3050 km1895 miles1647 nmSouth S
MaleTue 12:34 PM3103 km1928 miles1676 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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