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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 Sunday, December 16, 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 Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 19:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 21' South, Longitude: 107° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.92 meters/second, 1533.3 km/hour, 952.8 miles/hour or 827.9 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' 41.6"952.33 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.10 misouth952.32 mi
24 hours0° 07' 21.7"7.80 mieast0° 01' 57.5"2.25 misouth8.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 19:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 05' South, Longitude: 58° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.43 meters/second, 1574.8 km/hour, 978.5 miles/hour or 850.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.31 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 27' 53.3"978.38 miwest0° 10' 30.4"12.04 minorth978.77 mi
24 hours12° 26' 09.3"841.17 mieast4° 24' 28.9"302.96 minorth899.77 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 *Sun 2:06 PM453 km281 miles245 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownSun 11:06 AM2301 km1430 miles1243 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsSun 1:06 PM3148 km1956 miles1700 nmNortheast NE
LimaSun 2:06 PM3455 km2147 miles1866 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Sun 4:06 PM3757 km2334 miles2028 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoSun 2:06 PM4046 km2514 miles2185 nmNortheast NE
La PazSun 3:06 PM4178 km2596 miles2256 nmEast E
CórdobaSun 4:06 PM4350 km2703 miles2349 nmEast-southeast ESE
SucreSun 3:06 PM4397 km2732 miles2374 nmEast E
San JoseSun 1:06 PM4479 km2783 miles2418 nmNortheast NE
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