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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 Friday, December 7, 2012 at 01:08:00 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 Friday, December 7, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 38' South, Longitude: 160° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.21 meters/second, 1541.5 km/hour, 957.9 miles/hour or 832.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.96 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.7"957.46 miwest0° 00' 16.5"0.32 misouth957.45 mi
24 hours0° 06' 32.3"6.96 mieast0° 06' 25.4"7.37 misouth10.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 33' South, Longitude: 75° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.16 meters/second, 1617.0 km/hour, 1004.7 miles/hour or 873.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.74 miwest0° 00' 11.7"0.23 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 27.8"1004.62 miwest0° 11' 50.4"13.56 misouth1004.69 mi
24 hours11° 38' 35.9"805.34 mieast4° 45' 28.3"326.91 misouth868.02 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaFri 12:08 PM576 km358 miles311 nmEast E
Port VilaFri 12:08 PM949 km589 miles512 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrisbaneFri 11:08 AM955 km594 miles516 nmSouthwest SW
Lord Howe Island *Fri 12:08 PM1005 km624 miles543 nmSouth S
KingstonFri 12:38 PM1006 km625 miles543 nmSoutheast SE
HoniaraFri 12:08 PM1464 km910 miles790 nmNorth N
Sydney *Fri 12:08 PM1563 km971 miles844 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsFri 11:08 AM1702 km1057 miles919 nmWest-northwest WNW
Canberra *Fri 12:08 PM1807 km1123 miles976 nmSouthwest SW
Suva *Fri 2:08 PM1898 km1179 miles1025 nmEast-northeast ENE
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