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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 15:46:00 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 15:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 21' South, Longitude: 58° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.09 meters/second, 1544.7 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"959.46 miwest0° 00' 19.1"0.37 misouth959.44 mi
24 hours0° 06' 13.3"6.64 mieast0° 07' 28.6"8.57 misouth10.84 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 15:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 01' North, Longitude: 170° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.86 meters/second, 1594.3 km/hour, 990.6 miles/hour or 860.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.51 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 misouth16.51 mi
1 hour14° 32' 27.3"990.50 miwest0° 09' 53.4"11.33 misouth990.82 mi
24 hours11° 01' 16.4"750.77 mieast4° 10' 40.4"287.11 misouth807.67 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fuerte Olimpo *Tue 12:46 PM179 km111 miles96 nmNortheast NE
Asuncion *Tue 12:46 PM349 km217 miles189 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Ciudad del Este *Tue 12:46 PM559 km347 miles302 nmSoutheast SE
Foz do Iguaçu *Tue 1:46 PM563 km350 miles304 nmSoutheast SE
Encarnación *Tue 12:46 PM631 km392 miles341 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Santa CruzTue 11:46 AM676 km420 miles365 nmNorthwest NW
San Ignacio de VelascoTue 11:46 AM696 km432 miles376 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SaltaTue 12:46 PM718 km446 miles388 nmWest-southwest WSW
SucreTue 11:46 AM759 km471 miles410 nmWest-northwest WNW
TucumánTue 12:46 PM810 km503 miles437 nmSouthwest SW
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