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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 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:16:00 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 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:16:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 03' South, Longitude: 5° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.88 meters/second, 1536.8 km/hour, 954.9 miles/hour or 829.8 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' 42.5"954.49 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth954.48 mi
24 hours0° 07' 01.2"7.45 mieast0° 04' 24.5"5.06 misouth9.00 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:16:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 53' South, Longitude: 33° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.02 meters/second, 1515.7 km/hour, 941.8 miles/hour or 818.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.70 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 misouth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 23' 03.9"941.47 miwest0° 05' 56.9"6.82 misouth941.21 mi
24 hours15° 03' 24.1"985.44 mieast1° 43' 09.0"118.25 misouth987.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 12:16 PM789 km490 miles426 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Tue 2:16 PM2332 km1449 miles1259 nmEast E
LuandaTue 1:16 PM2554 km1587 miles1379 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownTue 2:16 PM2636 km1638 miles1423 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméTue 12:16 PM2913 km1810 miles1573 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaTue 1:16 PM3061 km1902 miles1653 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleTue 1:16 PM3063 km1903 miles1654 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleTue 1:16 PM3065 km1905 miles1655 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanTue 12:16 PM3143 km1953 miles1697 nmNorth N
GaboroneTue 2:16 PM3211 km1995 miles1734 nmEast E
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