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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 12:26:00 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 12:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 58' South, Longitude: 8° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.14 meters/second, 1537.7 km/hour, 955.5 miles/hour or 830.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.92 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.8"955.07 miwest0° 00' 12.6"0.24 misouth955.05 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.6"7.36 mieast0° 04' 51.8"5.58 misouth9.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 55' South, Longitude: 50° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.90 meters/second, 1544.0 km/hour, 959.4 miles/hour or 833.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"15.99 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 25' 06.6"959.13 miwest0° 08' 43.9"10.01 misouth958.83 mi
24 hours14° 21' 56.0"955.61 mieast2° 59' 03.2"205.22 misouth970.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownMon 12:26 PM824 km512 miles445 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Windhoek *Mon 2:26 PM2600 km1616 miles1404 nmEast E
LuandaMon 1:26 PM2775 km1724 miles1498 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownMon 2:26 PM2869 km1783 miles1549 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméMon 12:26 PM3046 km1893 miles1645 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanMon 12:26 PM3163 km1965 miles1708 nmNorth N
LibrevilleMon 1:26 PM3218 km2000 miles1738 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaMon 12:26 PM3252 km2020 miles1756 nmNorth N
KinshasaMon 1:26 PM3268 km2031 miles1765 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleMon 1:26 PM3270 km2032 miles1766 nmNortheast NE
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