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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 13:44:00 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 13:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 20' South, Longitude: 28° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.13 meters/second, 1544.9 km/hour, 959.9 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' 44.5"959.53 miwest0° 00' 19.2"0.37 misouth959.51 mi
24 hours0° 06' 12.5"6.62 mieast0° 07' 30.8"8.62 misouth10.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 13:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 21' North, Longitude: 140° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.39 meters/second, 1592.6 km/hour, 989.6 miles/hour or 859.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.49 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 32' 26.9"989.46 miwest0° 09' 46.8"11.20 misouth989.78 mi
24 hours11° 01' 08.3"749.84 mieast4° 08' 24.1"284.51 misouth805.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorTue 10:44 AM1489 km925 miles804 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 11:44 AM1521 km945 miles821 nmWest W
RecifeTue 10:44 AM1721 km1070 miles929 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Tue 11:44 AM1874 km1165 miles1012 nmWest W
Brasilia *Tue 11:44 AM2173 km1350 miles1173 nmWest-northwest WNW
FortalezaTue 10:44 AM2331 km1449 miles1259 nmNorth-northwest NNW
JamestownTue 1:44 PM2486 km1545 miles1342 nmEast-northeast ENE
Asuncion *Tue 10:44 AM2992 km1859 miles1616 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Tue 11:44 AM3038 km1888 miles1641 nmWest-southwest WSW
BelémTue 10:44 AM3173 km1971 miles1713 nmNorthwest NW
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