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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 12:46:00 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 12:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 58' South, Longitude: 13° 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"955.06 miwest0° 00' 12.6"0.24 misouth955.05 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.8"7.36 mieast0° 04' 51.4"5.57 misouth9.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 58' South, Longitude: 54° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.78 meters/second, 1543.6 km/hour, 959.2 miles/hour or 833.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.99 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 25' 04.7"958.86 miwest0° 08' 41.9"9.97 misouth958.56 mi
24 hours14° 22' 37.3"956.14 mieast2° 58' 07.3"204.16 misouth970.32 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownMon 12:46 PM1110 km690 miles599 nmNortheast NE
Rio de Janeiro *Mon 10:46 AM3065 km1904 miles1655 nmWest W
Windhoek *Mon 2:46 PM3111 km1933 miles1680 nmEast E
LuandaMon 1:46 PM3229 km2006 miles1743 nmEast-northeast ENE
MonroviaMon 12:46 PM3251 km2020 miles1755 nmNorth N
AbidjanMon 12:46 PM3287 km2042 miles1775 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Cape TownMon 2:46 PM3314 km2059 miles1790 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméMon 12:46 PM3366 km2092 miles1818 nmNortheast NE
YamoussoukroMon 12:46 PM3408 km2117 miles1840 nmNorth-northeast NNE
São Paulo *Mon 10:46 AM3409 km2118 miles1841 nmWest W
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