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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 Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:16:00 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 Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:16:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 53' South, Longitude: 5° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.42 meters/second, 1538.7 km/hour, 956.1 miles/hour or 830.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.94 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.94 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.0"955.70 miwest0° 00' 13.7"0.26 misouth955.69 mi
24 hours0° 06' 49.4"7.25 mieast0° 05' 19.2"6.10 misouth9.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:16:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 58' South, Longitude: 61° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.41 meters/second, 1574.7 km/hour, 978.5 miles/hour or 850.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.3"16.31 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 misouth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 27' 22.8"978.22 miwest0° 10' 38.0"12.18 misouth977.98 mi
24 hours13° 28' 38.8"912.00 mieast3° 55' 22.4"269.69 misouth943.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSun 12:16 PM770 km478 miles416 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Sun 2:16 PM2357 km1464 miles1273 nmEast E
LuandaSun 1:16 PM2563 km1593 miles1384 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownSun 2:16 PM2666 km1657 miles1440 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméSun 12:16 PM2908 km1807 miles1570 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleSun 1:16 PM3063 km1903 miles1654 nmNortheast NE
KinshasaSun 1:16 PM3067 km1906 miles1656 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleSun 1:16 PM3070 km1907 miles1657 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanSun 12:16 PM3126 km1942 miles1688 nmNorth N
AccraSun 12:16 PM3204 km1991 miles1730 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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