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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 14:44:00 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 14:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 20' South, Longitude: 43° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.11 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"959.49 miwest0° 00' 19.2"0.37 misouth959.48 mi
24 hours0° 06' 12.8"6.63 mieast0° 07' 29.7"8.60 misouth10.85 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 14:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 11' North, Longitude: 155° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.62 meters/second, 1593.4 km/hour, 990.1 miles/hour or 860.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.50 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 32' 27.1"989.98 miwest0° 09' 50.0"11.27 misouth990.29 mi
24 hours11° 01' 11.8"750.29 mieast4° 09' 31.6"285.80 misouth806.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Juiz de Fora *Tue 12:44 PM61 km38 miles33 nmNorth N
Niterói *Tue 12:44 PM69 km43 miles37 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 12:44 PM73 km45 miles39 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Volta Redonda *Tue 12:44 PM74 km46 miles40 nmWest-southwest WSW
Macaé *Tue 12:44 PM166 km103 miles90 nmEast E
Campos *Tue 12:44 PM225 km140 miles122 nmEast-northeast ENE
Belo Horizonte *Tue 12:44 PM291 km181 miles157 nmNorth N
Santos *Tue 12:44 PM351 km218 miles190 nmWest-southwest WSW
São Paulo *Tue 12:44 PM359 km223 miles194 nmWest-southwest WSW
Campinas *Tue 12:44 PM386 km240 miles209 nmWest W
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