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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 19:06:00 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 19:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 19' South, Longitude: 107° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.05 meters/second, 1533.8 km/hour, 953.0 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"952.62 miwest0° 00' 06.5"0.13 misouth952.61 mi
24 hours0° 07' 19.0"7.75 mieast0° 02' 25.5"2.78 misouth8.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 19:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 57' South, Longitude: 71° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.01 meters/second, 1544.4 km/hour, 959.7 miles/hour or 833.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.99 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 minorth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 25' 33.6"959.49 miwest0° 08' 43.2"10.00 minorth959.88 mi
24 hours13° 19' 33.8"886.35 mieast3° 51' 40.3"265.45 minorth932.74 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Sat 2:06 PM452 km281 miles244 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownSat 11:06 AM2290 km1423 miles1236 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsSat 1:06 PM3153 km1959 miles1702 nmNortheast NE
LimaSat 2:06 PM3466 km2154 miles1871 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Sat 4:06 PM3770 km2342 miles2035 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoSat 2:06 PM4053 km2519 miles2189 nmNortheast NE
La PazSat 3:06 PM4190 km2604 miles2262 nmEast E
CórdobaSat 4:06 PM4363 km2711 miles2356 nmEast-southeast ESE
SucreSat 3:06 PM4409 km2740 miles2381 nmEast E
San JoseSat 1:06 PM4483 km2786 miles2421 nmNortheast NE
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