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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 17:20:00 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 17:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 18' South, Longitude: 81° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.06 meters/second, 1533.8 km/hour, 953.1 miles/hour or 828.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.88 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 misouth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.7"952.64 miwest0° 00' 06.6"0.13 misouth952.64 mi
24 hours0° 07' 18.9"7.75 mieast0° 02' 27.7"2.82 misouth8.25 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 17:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 12' South, Longitude: 46° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.39 meters/second, 1542.2 km/hour, 958.3 miles/hour or 832.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"15.97 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 minorth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 25' 23.3"958.08 miwest0° 08' 33.1"9.80 minorth958.47 mi
24 hours13° 23' 41.1"889.79 mieast3° 48' 25.4"261.74 minorth935.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaSat 12:20 PM1318 km819 miles712 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Sat 2:20 PM1519 km944 miles820 nmSoutheast SE
La PazSat 1:20 PM1554 km966 miles839 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreSat 1:20 PM1713 km1065 miles925 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaSat 2:20 PM1900 km1181 miles1026 nmEast-southeast ESE
Rio BrancoSat 1:20 PM2044 km1270 miles1104 nmNortheast NE
GuayaquilSat 12:20 PM2337 km1452 miles1262 nmNorth N
Asuncion *Sat 2:20 PM2392 km1486 miles1292 nmEast E
Buenos AiresSat 2:20 PM2538 km1577 miles1370 nmSoutheast SE
QuitoSat 12:20 PM2569 km1596 miles1387 nmNorth N
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