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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 07:42:00 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 07:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 11' South, Longitude: 63° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.48 meters/second, 1535.3 km/hour, 954.0 miles/hour or 829.0 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"953.58 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth953.57 mi
24 hours0° 07' 10.0"7.60 mieast0° 03' 34.5"4.10 misouth8.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 07:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' South, Longitude: 62° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.97 meters/second, 1493.9 km/hour, 928.3 miles/hour or 806.6 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' 00.6"0.01 minorth15.47 mi
1 hour14° 21' 35.8"927.97 miwest0° 00' 43.5"0.83 minorth928.01 mi
24 hours15° 13' 02.9"983.34 mieast1° 01' 02.6"69.99 minorth989.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues)Thu 11:42 AM388 km241 miles210 nmNorth N
Port LouisThu 11:42 AM667 km414 miles360 nmWest-northwest WNW
Saint-DenisThu 11:42 AM828 km514 miles447 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoThu 10:42 AM1684 km1046 miles909 nmWest-northwest WNW
Diego GarciaThu 1:42 PM2018 km1254 miles1090 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Amsterdam IslandThu 12:42 PM2131 km1324 miles1150 nmSoutheast SE
VictoriaThu 11:42 AM2211 km1374 miles1194 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MoroniThu 10:42 AM2455 km1525 miles1326 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port-aux-FrancaisThu 12:42 PM2971 km1846 miles1604 nmSouth S
MaputoThu 9:42 AM3098 km1925 miles1673 nmWest-southwest WSW
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