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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 Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 20:08:00 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 Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 20:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 36' South, Longitude: 124° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.28 meters/second, 1541.8 km/hour, 958.0 miles/hour or 832.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.97 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.8"957.63 miwest0° 00' 16.8"0.32 misouth957.61 mi
24 hours0° 06' 30.7"6.94 mieast0° 06' 31.0"7.48 misouth10.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 20:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 26' North, Longitude: 148° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.26 meters/second, 1617.3 km/hour, 1005.0 miles/hour or 873.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.7"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 39.7"1004.86 miwest0° 11' 46.1"13.48 misouth1004.96 mi
24 hours11° 32' 29.8"798.32 mieast4° 45' 03.4"326.43 misouth861.87 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownThu 12:08 PM664 km413 miles359 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Thu 3:08 PM1577 km980 miles851 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteThu 10:08 AM2713 km1686 miles1465 nmWest W
RarotongaThu 10:08 AM3675 km2283 miles1984 nmWest W
KiritimatiFri 10:08 AM4505 km2799 miles2433 nmWest-northwest WNW
AlofiThu 9:08 AM4761 km2959 miles2571 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 10:08 AM5108 km3174 miles2758 nmWest W
LimaThu 3:08 PM5121 km3182 miles2765 nmEast E
NukualofaFri 9:08 AM5252 km3263 miles2836 nmWest W
Santiago *Thu 5:08 PM5337 km3316 miles2882 nmEast-southeast ESE
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