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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 Wednesday, December 5, 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 Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 14:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 28' South, Longitude: 43° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.72 meters/second, 1543.4 km/hour, 959.0 miles/hour or 833.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.98 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.3"958.63 miwest0° 00' 18.1"0.35 misouth958.61 mi
24 hours0° 06' 21.1"6.77 mieast0° 07' 03.4"8.10 misouth10.55 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 14:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 02' North, Longitude: 144° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.17 meters/second, 1609.8 km/hour, 1000.3 miles/hour or 869.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.67 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.67 mi
1 hour14° 32' 22.7"1000.17 miwest0° 10' 56.7"12.54 misouth1000.41 mi
24 hours11° 07' 59.6"765.85 mieast4° 31' 50.4"311.31 misouth828.92 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Niterói *Wed 12:44 PM52 km32 miles28 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 12:44 PM57 km35 miles31 nmSouth S
Juiz de Fora *Wed 12:44 PM76 km47 miles41 nmNorth N
Volta Redonda *Wed 12:44 PM82 km51 miles44 nmWest W
Macaé *Wed 12:44 PM155 km96 miles84 nmEast E
Campos *Wed 12:44 PM220 km137 miles119 nmEast-northeast ENE
Belo Horizonte *Wed 12:44 PM307 km191 miles166 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Santos *Wed 12:44 PM354 km220 miles191 nmWest-southwest WSW
São Paulo *Wed 12:44 PM364 km226 miles197 nmWest-southwest WSW
Vitória *Wed 12:44 PM386 km240 miles209 nmNortheast NE
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