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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 14:14:00 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 14:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 20' South, Longitude: 35° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.12 meters/second, 1544.8 km/hour, 959.9 miles/hour or 834.1 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"959.51 miwest0° 00' 19.2"0.37 misouth959.49 mi
24 hours0° 06' 12.6"6.63 mieast0° 07' 30.2"8.61 misouth10.86 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 14:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 16' North, Longitude: 147° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.51 meters/second, 1593.0 km/hour, 989.9 miles/hour or 860.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.50 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 32' 27.0"989.72 miwest0° 09' 48.4"11.23 misouth990.04 mi
24 hours11° 01' 09.8"750.06 mieast4° 08' 58.0"285.16 misouth806.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Vitória *Tue 12:14 PM514 km319 miles277 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 12:14 PM753 km468 miles406 nmWest W
SalvadorTue 11:14 AM1073 km666 miles579 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Tue 12:14 PM1110 km690 miles599 nmWest W
Brasilia *Tue 12:14 PM1454 km903 miles785 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeTue 11:14 AM1579 km981 miles853 nmNorth N
FortalezaTue 11:14 AM2077 km1290 miles1121 nmNorth N
Asuncion *Tue 11:14 AM2237 km1390 miles1208 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Tue 12:14 PM2415 km1501 miles1304 nmSouthwest SW
Buenos AiresTue 11:14 AM2579 km1603 miles1393 nmSouthwest SW
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