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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 03:08:00 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 03:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 38' South, Longitude: 130° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.18 meters/second, 1541.4 km/hour, 957.8 miles/hour or 832.3 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"957.40 miwest0° 00' 16.5"0.32 misouth957.38 mi
24 hours0° 06' 32.9"6.97 mieast0° 06' 23.2"7.33 misouth10.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 03:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 56' South, Longitude: 46° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.07 meters/second, 1616.7 km/hour, 1004.5 miles/hour or 872.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"16.74 miwest0° 00' 11.8"0.23 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 22.6"1004.43 miwest0° 11' 51.8"13.59 misouth1004.49 mi
24 hours11° 41' 12.0"808.27 mieast4° 45' 28.1"326.91 misouth870.51 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsFri 12:38 PM328 km204 miles177 nmEast-southeast ESE
Tennant CreekFri 12:38 PM478 km297 miles258 nmNortheast NE
EuclaFri 11:53 AM1021 km634 miles551 nmSouth S
DarwinFri 12:38 PM1126 km700 miles608 nmNorth N
Adelaide *Fri 1:38 PM1556 km967 miles840 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DiliFri 12:08 PM1658 km1030 miles895 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CairnsFri 1:08 PM1684 km1046 miles909 nmEast-northeast ENE
PerthFri 11:08 AM1807 km1123 miles976 nmSouthwest SW
Melbourne *Fri 2:08 PM2155 km1339 miles1164 nmSoutheast SE
Canberra *Fri 2:08 PM2258 km1403 miles1219 nmSoutheast SE
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