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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 12:34:00 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 12:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 20' South, Longitude: 10° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.15 meters/second, 1544.9 km/hour, 960.0 miles/hour or 834.2 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"959.58 miwest0° 00' 19.4"0.37 misouth959.56 mi
24 hours0° 06' 12.0"6.62 mieast0° 07' 32.0"8.64 misouth10.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 32' North, Longitude: 123° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.12 meters/second, 1591.6 km/hour, 989.0 miles/hour or 859.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.48 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 32' 26.3"988.85 miwest0° 09' 43.0"11.13 misouth989.17 mi
24 hours11° 01' 05.4"749.33 mieast4° 07' 04.2"282.99 misouth805.04 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 12:34 PM894 km555 miles483 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Tue 2:34 PM2878 km1788 miles1554 nmEast E
LuandaTue 1:34 PM2980 km1852 miles1609 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownTue 2:34 PM3140 km1951 miles1695 nmEast-southeast ESE
AbidjanTue 12:34 PM3149 km1957 miles1700 nmNorth-northeast NNE
São ToméTue 12:34 PM3153 km1959 miles1703 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaTue 12:34 PM3168 km1969 miles1711 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroTue 12:34 PM3282 km2039 miles1772 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraTue 12:34 PM3296 km2048 miles1780 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 10:34 AM3312 km2058 miles1789 nmWest W
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