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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 06:36:00 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 Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 57' South, Longitude: 79° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.21 meters/second, 1537.9 km/hour, 955.6 miles/hour or 830.4 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"955.21 miwest0° 00' 13.0"0.25 misouth955.20 mi
24 hours0° 06' 54.1"7.33 mieast0° 04' 58.3"5.70 misouth9.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 03' South, Longitude: 33° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.00 meters/second, 1551.6 km/hour, 964.1 miles/hour or 837.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.7"16.07 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 misouth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 25' 39.7"963.82 miwest0° 09' 16.6"10.63 misouth963.53 mi
24 hours14° 09' 34.8"945.93 mieast3° 14' 41.3"223.13 misouth964.37 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Amsterdam IslandMon 11:36 AM1654 km1028 miles893 nmSouth S
Diego GarciaMon 12:36 PM1875 km1165 miles1013 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port LouisMon 10:36 AM2269 km1410 miles1225 nmWest W
Saint-DenisMon 10:36 AM2464 km1531 miles1331 nmWest W
Port-aux-FrancaisMon 11:36 AM3035 km1886 miles1639 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaleMon 11:36 AM3064 km1904 miles1654 nmNorth-northwest NNW
VictoriaMon 10:36 AM3263 km2028 miles1762 nmNorthwest NW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteMon 12:06 PM3301 km2051 miles1782 nmNorth N
AntananarivoMon 9:36 AM3322 km2064 miles1794 nmWest W
JakartaMon 1:36 PM3495 km2171 miles1887 nmEast-northeast ENE
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