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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 Monday, December 10, 2012 at 01:26:00 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 Monday, December 10, 2012 at 01:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 56' South, Longitude: 156° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.26 meters/second, 1538.2 km/hour, 955.8 miles/hour or 830.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.93 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.9"955.35 miwest0° 00' 13.2"0.25 misouth955.34 mi
24 hours0° 06' 52.8"7.31 mieast0° 05' 04.2"5.82 misouth9.34 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 01:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 13' South, Longitude: 108° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.85 meters/second, 1558.3 km/hour, 968.3 miles/hour or 841.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.14 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 26' 09.0"967.98 miwest0° 09' 42.8"11.13 misouth967.70 mi
24 hours13° 58' 15.0"936.81 mieast3° 27' 27.8"237.76 misouth959.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BrisbaneMon 11:26 AM625 km388 miles337 nmSouthwest SW
Lord Howe Island *Mon 12:26 PM985 km612 miles532 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NoumeaMon 12:26 PM1005 km624 miles543 nmEast E
CairnsMon 11:26 AM1322 km822 miles714 nmWest-northwest WNW
Sydney *Mon 12:26 PM1325 km824 miles716 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port VilaMon 12:26 PM1342 km834 miles725 nmEast-northeast ENE
HoniaraMon 12:26 PM1534 km953 miles828 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Canberra *Mon 12:26 PM1554 km965 miles839 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port MoresbyMon 11:26 AM1804 km1121 miles974 nmNorthwest NW
Melbourne *Mon 12:26 PM1995 km1240 miles1077 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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