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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 08:28:00 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 08:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 40' South, Longitude: 50° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.10 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"957.23 miwest0° 00' 16.3"0.31 misouth957.21 mi
24 hours0° 06' 34.6"7.00 mieast0° 06' 17.3"7.21 misouth10.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 08:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 60' South, Longitude: 30° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.74 meters/second, 1615.4 km/hour, 1003.8 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' 07.7"1003.67 miwest0° 11' 54.3"13.63 misouth1003.70 mi
24 hours11° 48' 34.7"816.39 mieast4° 44' 58.5"326.35 misouth877.24 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FianarantsoaFri 11:28 AM416 km258 miles224 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntsirabeFri 11:28 AM507 km315 miles274 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-DenisFri 12:28 PM511 km317 miles276 nmEast-northeast ENE
ToamasinaFri 11:28 AM523 km325 miles283 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AntananarivoFri 11:28 AM544 km338 miles294 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisFri 12:28 PM738 km458 miles398 nmEast-northeast ENE
MoroniFri 11:28 AM1460 km907 miles788 nmNorthwest NW
MaputoFri 10:28 AM1893 km1176 miles1022 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbabaneFri 10:28 AM2042 km1269 miles1102 nmWest-southwest WSW
LilongweFri 10:28 AM2047 km1272 miles1105 nmWest-northwest WNW
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