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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 Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 03:46:00 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 Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 03:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 10' South, Longitude: 122° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.51 meters/second, 1535.4 km/hour, 954.1 miles/hour or 829.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.90 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.2"953.66 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth953.65 mi
24 hours0° 07' 09.2"7.59 mieast0° 03' 39.0"4.19 misouth8.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 03:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 56' South, Longitude: 119° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.90 meters/second, 1493.6 km/hour, 928.1 miles/hour or 806.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.6"15.47 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth15.47 mi
1 hour14° 21' 33.7"927.80 miwest0° 00' 05.3"0.10 minorth927.80 mi
24 hours15° 16' 18.8"986.71 mieast0° 46' 15.6"53.04 minorth990.64 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NewmanThu 11:46 AM239 km149 miles129 nmWest W
PerthThu 11:46 AM1150 km715 miles621 nmSouth-southwest SSW
EuclaThu 12:31 PM1159 km720 miles626 nmSoutheast SE
Alice SpringsThu 1:16 PM1208 km750 miles652 nmEast E
DarwinThu 1:16 PM1506 km935 miles813 nmNortheast NE
DiliThu 12:46 PM1660 km1031 miles896 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DenpasarThu 11:46 AM1762 km1095 miles952 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MalangThu 10:46 AM1953 km1213 miles1054 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MakassarThu 11:46 AM2015 km1252 miles1088 nmNorth N
SurabayaThu 10:46 AM2022 km1257 miles1092 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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