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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 Friday, December 14, 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 Friday, December 14, 2012 at 08:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 14' South, Longitude: 48° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.28 meters/second, 1534.6 km/hour, 953.6 miles/hour or 828.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.89 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.9"953.14 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth953.13 mi
24 hours0° 07' 14.2"7.67 mieast0° 03' 05.6"3.55 misouth8.45 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 14, 2012 at 08:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 49' South, Longitude: 63° 26' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.39 meters/second, 1506.2 km/hour, 935.9 miles/hour or 813.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.5"15.60 miwest0° 00' 04.5"0.09 minorth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 22' 36.9"935.65 miwest0° 04' 35.5"5.26 minorth935.89 mi
24 hours14° 36' 07.4"950.29 mieast2° 27' 07.5"168.65 minorth972.04 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FianarantsoaFri 11:42 AM229 km142 miles124 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AntsirabeFri 11:42 AM393 km244 miles212 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ToliaraFri 11:42 AM464 km289 miles251 nmWest W
AntananarivoFri 11:42 AM484 km301 miles261 nmNorth N
ToamasinaFri 11:42 AM577 km358 miles311 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-DenisFri 12:42 PM792 km492 miles428 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port LouisFri 12:42 PM1020 km634 miles551 nmEast-northeast ENE
MoroniFri 11:42 AM1381 km858 miles746 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaputoFri 10:42 AM1609 km1000 miles869 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbabaneFri 10:42 AM1758 km1093 miles949 nmWest-southwest WSW
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