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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 02:34:00 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 02:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 56' South, Longitude: 139° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.25 meters/second, 1538.1 km/hour, 955.7 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"955.32 miwest0° 00' 13.2"0.25 misouth955.31 mi
24 hours0° 06' 53.2"7.32 mieast0° 05' 03.0"5.79 misouth9.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 02:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 24' South, Longitude: 92° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.44 meters/second, 1556.8 km/hour, 967.3 miles/hour or 840.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.12 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.18 misouth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 26' 02.6"967.07 miwest0° 09' 37.3"11.03 misouth966.79 mi
24 hours14° 00' 45.6"938.85 mieast3° 24' 45.0"234.65 misouth960.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mount IsaMon 12:34 PM245 km152 miles132 nmNorth N
Alice SpringsMon 12:04 PM603 km375 miles326 nmWest W
Tennant CreekMon 12:04 PM678 km421 miles366 nmWest-northwest WNW
CairnsMon 12:34 PM920 km572 miles497 nmNortheast NE
Adelaide *Mon 1:04 PM1334 km829 miles721 nmSouth S
BrisbaneMon 12:34 PM1432 km890 miles773 nmEast-southeast ESE
EuclaMon 11:19 AM1442 km896 miles779 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinMon 12:04 PM1491 km927 miles805 nmNorthwest NW
Canberra *Mon 1:34 PM1646 km1023 miles889 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Sydney *Mon 1:34 PM1652 km1027 miles892 nmSoutheast SE
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