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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 Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 05:20:00 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 Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 05:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 17' South, Longitude: 98° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.14 meters/second, 1534.1 km/hour, 953.2 miles/hour or 828.3 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' 41.7"952.81 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth952.81 mi
24 hours0° 07' 17.2"7.72 mieast0° 02' 41.7"3.09 misouth8.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 05:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 47' South, Longitude: 126° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.26 meters/second, 1527.3 km/hour, 949.0 miles/hour or 824.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"15.82 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 minorth15.82 mi
1 hour14° 24' 15.2"948.82 miwest0° 07' 16.9"8.35 minorth949.18 mi
24 hours13° 51' 39.3"913.05 mieast3° 23' 12.3"232.88 minorth950.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PerthSat 1:20 PM1934 km1202 miles1044 nmEast-southeast ESE
BandungSat 12:20 PM2041 km1268 miles1102 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JakartaSat 12:20 PM2082 km1294 miles1124 nmNorth-northeast NNE
SurabayaSat 12:20 PM2316 km1439 miles1251 nmNortheast NE
DenpasarSat 1:20 PM2384 km1482 miles1287 nmNortheast NE
Amsterdam IslandSat 10:20 AM2585 km1606 miles1396 nmSouthwest SW
SingaporeSat 1:20 PM2772 km1723 miles1497 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PontianakSat 12:20 PM2814 km1749 miles1519 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Kuala LumpurSat 1:20 PM2939 km1826 miles1587 nmNorth N
MakassarSat 1:20 PM2987 km1856 miles1613 nmNortheast NE
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