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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 12:24:00 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 12:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 18' South, Longitude: 7° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.09 meters/second, 1533.9 km/hour, 953.1 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"952.71 miwest0° 00' 07.0"0.13 misouth952.71 mi
24 hours0° 07' 18.1"7.74 mieast0° 02' 33.4"2.93 misouth8.27 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 53' South, Longitude: 24° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.65 meters/second, 1536.0 km/hour, 954.4 miles/hour or 829.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.8"15.91 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.15 minorth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 24' 54.8"954.19 miwest0° 08' 03.5"9.24 minorth954.57 mi
24 hours13° 35' 13.5"899.40 mieast3° 38' 43.5"250.64 minorth941.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSat 12:24 PM830 km516 miles448 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Sat 2:24 PM2487 km1545 miles1343 nmEast E
LuandaSat 1:24 PM2699 km1677 miles1457 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownSat 2:24 PM2754 km1712 miles1487 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméSat 12:24 PM3016 km1874 miles1629 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleSat 1:24 PM3178 km1975 miles1716 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanSat 12:24 PM3184 km1979 miles1719 nmNorth N
KinshasaSat 1:24 PM3200 km1988 miles1728 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleSat 1:24 PM3202 km1990 miles1729 nmNortheast NE
AccraSat 12:24 PM3279 km2037 miles1771 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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