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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 06:20:00 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 06:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 17' South, Longitude: 83° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.13 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"952.80 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth952.79 mi
24 hours0° 07' 17.3"7.72 mieast0° 02' 40.5"3.07 misouth8.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 06:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 40' South, Longitude: 112° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.59 meters/second, 1528.5 km/hour, 949.8 miles/hour or 825.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.83 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 minorth15.83 mi
1 hour14° 24' 20.7"949.56 miwest0° 07' 23.7"8.48 minorth949.92 mi
24 hours13° 49' 20.9"911.13 mieast3° 25' 31.1"235.52 minorth948.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Amsterdam IslandSat 11:20 AM1716 km1066 miles926 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Diego GarciaSat 12:20 PM2145 km1333 miles1158 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisSat 10:20 AM2741 km1703 miles1480 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSat 10:20 AM2935 km1823 miles1585 nmWest W
JakartaSat 1:20 PM3110 km1933 miles1679 nmNortheast NE
Port-aux-FrancaisSat 11:20 AM3128 km1944 miles1689 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaleSat 11:20 AM3237 km2012 miles1748 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PerthSat 2:20 PM3292 km2045 miles1777 nmEast-southeast ESE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSat 11:50 AM3364 km2091 miles1817 nmNorth N
SingaporeSat 2:20 PM3479 km2161 miles1878 nmNortheast NE
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