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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 08:08:00 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 08:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 40' South, Longitude: 55° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.11 meters/second, 1541.2 km/hour, 957.6 miles/hour or 832.2 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"957.24 miwest0° 00' 16.3"0.31 misouth957.22 mi
24 hours0° 06' 34.6"7.00 mieast0° 06' 17.6"7.22 misouth10.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 08:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 56' South, Longitude: 25° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.76 meters/second, 1615.5 km/hour, 1003.9 miles/hour or 872.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.8"0.23 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 08.6"1003.73 miwest0° 11' 54.2"13.63 misouth1003.76 mi
24 hours11° 48' 05.8"815.87 mieast4° 45' 01.6"326.41 misouth876.82 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Saint-PierreFri 12:08 PM153 km95 miles82 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Saint-PaulFri 12:08 PM194 km121 miles105 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Saint-DenisFri 12:08 PM203 km126 miles109 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port LouisFri 12:08 PM322 km200 miles174 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ToamasinaFri 11:08 AM842 km523 miles454 nmNorthwest NW
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues)Fri 12:08 PM848 km527 miles458 nmEast-northeast ENE
AntananarivoFri 11:08 AM966 km600 miles521 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntsirabeFri 11:08 AM971 km603 miles524 nmWest-northwest WNW
MoroniFri 11:08 AM1809 km1124 miles977 nmNorthwest NW
VictoriaFri 12:08 PM1997 km1241 miles1078 nmNorth N
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