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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 20:44:00 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 20:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 22' South, Longitude: 133° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.01 meters/second, 1544.4 km/hour, 959.7 miles/hour or 833.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.99 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.4"959.27 miwest0° 00' 19.0"0.36 misouth959.26 mi
24 hours0° 06' 14.9"6.67 mieast0° 07' 23.2"8.47 misouth10.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 20:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 11' North, Longitude: 117° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.94 meters/second, 1598.2 km/hour, 993.1 miles/hour or 863.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.55 miwest0° 00' 10.0"0.19 misouth16.55 mi
1 hour14° 32' 28.2"992.94 miwest0° 10' 08.7"11.62 misouth993.24 mi
24 hours11° 01' 54.0"753.32 mieast4° 15' 57.9"293.16 misouth811.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Gambier IslandsTue 11:44 AM183 km114 miles99 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownTue 12:44 PM447 km278 miles241 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteTue 10:44 AM1777 km1104 miles960 nmWest-northwest WNW
Easter Island *Tue 3:44 PM2483 km1543 miles1340 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaTue 10:44 AM2731 km1697 miles1474 nmWest W
KiritimatiWed 10:44 AM3737 km2322 miles2018 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiTue 9:44 AM3816 km2371 miles2061 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 10:44 AM4161 km2586 miles2247 nmWest W
FakaofoWed 9:44 AM4288 km2664 miles2315 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaWed 9:44 AM4316 km2682 miles2330 nmWest W
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