Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Friday, December 7, 2012 at 14:08:00 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 14:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 41' South, Longitude: 34° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.02 meters/second, 1540.9 km/hour, 957.5 miles/hour or 832.0 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' 43.6"957.05 miwest0° 00' 16.0"0.31 misouth957.04 mi
24 hours0° 06' 36.4"7.03 mieast0° 06' 10.9"7.09 misouth9.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 14:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 07' South, Longitude: 112° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.20 meters/second, 1613.5 km/hour, 1002.6 miles/hour or 871.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.71 miwest0° 00' 11.8"0.23 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 50.0"1002.45 miwest0° 11' 55.2"13.65 misouth1002.45 mi
24 hours11° 57' 07.1"825.50 mieast4° 43' 38.0"324.83 misouth884.52 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Rio de Janeiro *Fri 12:08 PM935 km581 miles505 nmWest W
SalvadorFri 11:08 AM1173 km729 miles633 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Fri 12:08 PM1289 km801 miles696 nmWest W
RecifeFri 11:08 AM1617 km1005 miles873 nmNorth N
Brasilia *Fri 12:08 PM1639 km1018 miles885 nmWest-northwest WNW
FortalezaFri 11:08 AM2151 km1337 miles1161 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Asuncion *Fri 11:08 AM2412 km1499 miles1302 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Fri 12:08 PM2538 km1577 miles1370 nmSouthwest SW
Buenos AiresFri 11:08 AM2708 km1683 miles1462 nmSouthwest SW
BelémFri 11:08 AM2819 km1752 miles1522 nmNorthwest NW
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools