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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 21:32:00 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 21:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 37' South, Longitude: 145° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.26 meters/second, 1541.7 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' 43.7"957.58 miwest0° 00' 16.8"0.32 misouth957.57 mi
24 hours0° 06' 31.2"6.94 mieast0° 06' 29.4"7.45 misouth10.18 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 21:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 10' North, Longitude: 128° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.25 meters/second, 1617.3 km/hour, 1004.9 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' 31.5"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.7"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 36.6"1004.83 miwest0° 11' 47.5"13.50 misouth1004.92 mi
24 hours11° 34' 08.9"800.24 mieast4° 45' 13.9"326.64 misouth863.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteThu 11:32 AM728 km452 miles393 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaThu 11:32 AM1518 km943 miles820 nmWest W
AdamstownThu 1:32 PM1556 km967 miles840 nmEast-southeast ESE
AlofiThu 10:32 AM2605 km1618 miles1406 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 11:32 AM2973 km1847 miles1605 nmWest-northwest WNW
KiritimatiFri 11:32 AM3014 km1873 miles1627 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NukualofaFri 10:32 AM3105 km1929 miles1676 nmWest W
FakaofoFri 10:32 AM3145 km1954 miles1698 nmWest-northwest WNW
Easter Island *Thu 4:32 PM3642 km2263 miles1966 nmEast-southeast ESE
Chatham Islands *Fri 11:17 AM3728 km2317 miles2013 nmSouthwest SW
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