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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 09:46:00 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 09:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 11' South, Longitude: 32° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.46 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"953.54 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 misouth953.53 mi
24 hours0° 07' 10.3"7.61 mieast0° 03' 32.1"4.06 misouth8.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 09:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 53' South, Longitude: 32° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.07 meters/second, 1494.2 km/hour, 928.5 miles/hour or 806.8 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' 01.0"0.02 minorth15.47 mi
1 hour14° 21' 37.8"928.18 miwest0° 01' 03.6"1.22 minorth928.23 mi
24 hours15° 11' 01.4"981.34 mieast1° 08' 42.9"78.78 minorth988.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NelspruitThu 11:46 AM277 km172 miles150 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PolokwaneThu 11:46 AM280 km174 miles151 nmWest-southwest WSW
MaputoThu 11:46 AM312 km194 miles169 nmSouth S
MbabaneThu 11:46 AM360 km224 miles195 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MasvingoThu 11:46 AM368 km229 miles199 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ManziniThu 11:46 AM374 km232 miles202 nmSouth S
Big BendThu 11:46 AM401 km249 miles216 nmSouth S
BeiraThu 11:46 AM467 km290 miles252 nmNortheast NE
MutareThu 11:46 AM469 km292 miles253 nmNorth N
GweruThu 11:46 AM476 km295 miles257 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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