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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 08:42:00 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 08:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 11' South, Longitude: 48° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.47 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"953.56 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 misouth953.55 mi
24 hours0° 07' 10.1"7.60 mieast0° 03' 33.3"4.08 misouth8.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 08:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 54' South, Longitude: 48° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.01 meters/second, 1494.1 km/hour, 928.4 miles/hour or 806.7 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' 00.8"0.02 minorth15.47 mi
1 hour14° 21' 36.8"928.06 miwest0° 00' 53.3"1.02 minorth928.11 mi
24 hours15° 12' 05.8"982.40 mieast1° 04' 45.9"74.25 minorth988.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FianarantsoaThu 11:42 AM217 km135 miles117 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AntsirabeThu 11:42 AM383 km238 miles207 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ToliaraThu 11:42 AM452 km281 miles244 nmWest W
AntananarivoThu 11:42 AM476 km296 miles257 nmNorth N
ToamasinaThu 11:42 AM573 km356 miles310 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-DenisThu 12:42 PM802 km498 miles433 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port LouisThu 12:42 PM1029 km640 miles556 nmEast-northeast ENE
MoroniThu 11:42 AM1370 km852 miles740 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaputoThu 10:42 AM1599 km994 miles864 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbabaneThu 10:42 AM1748 km1086 miles944 nmWest-southwest WSW
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