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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 Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 00:36:00 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 Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 00:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 44' South, Longitude: 168° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.88 meters/second, 1540.4 km/hour, 957.1 miles/hour or 831.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.95 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.00 misouth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.5"956.73 miwest0° 00' 15.5"0.30 misouth956.71 mi
24 hours0° 06' 39.4"7.08 mieast0° 05' 59.2"6.87 misouth9.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 00:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 12' South, Longitude: 95° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.71 meters/second, 1608.1 km/hour, 999.3 miles/hour or 868.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.65 miwest0° 00' 11.8"0.23 misouth16.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 12.6"999.10 miwest0° 11' 51.5"13.58 misouth999.04 mi
24 hours12° 14' 43.0"843.55 mieast4° 38' 47.5"319.31 misouth898.19 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaSat 11:36 AM265 km164 miles143 nmWest W
Port VilaSat 11:36 AM558 km347 miles301 nmNorth N
KingstonSat 12:06 PM707 km439 miles382 nmSouth S
LuganvilleSat 11:36 AM821 km510 miles443 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Suva *Sat 1:36 PM1110 km690 miles599 nmEast-northeast ENE
NukualofaSat 1:36 PM1644 km1022 miles888 nmEast E
Auckland *Sat 1:36 PM1661 km1032 miles897 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BrisbaneSat 10:36 AM1690 km1050 miles913 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraSat 11:36 AM1759 km1093 miles950 nmNorthwest NW
FunafutiSat 12:36 PM1917 km1191 miles1035 nmNortheast NE
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