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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 Monday, December 17, 2012 at 01:06:00 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 Monday, December 17, 2012 at 01:06:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 22' South, Longitude: 162° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.89 meters/second, 1533.2 km/hour, 952.7 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"952.27 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 misouth952.26 mi
24 hours0° 07' 22.4"7.81 mieast0° 01' 50.5"2.11 misouth8.09 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 17, 2012 at 01:06:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 02' South, Longitude: 145° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.37 meters/second, 1581.7 km/hour, 982.8 miles/hour or 854.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.4"16.38 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 minorth16.38 mi
1 hour14° 28' 26.4"982.72 miwest0° 10' 48.9"12.39 minorth983.10 mi
24 hours12° 14' 03.8"830.68 mieast4° 29' 36.9"308.82 minorth891.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaMon 12:06 PM420 km261 miles227 nmEast-northeast ENE
KingstonMon 12:36 PM832 km517 miles449 nmSoutheast SE
Port VilaMon 12:06 PM867 km539 miles468 nmNortheast NE
Lord Howe Island *Mon 12:06 PM970 km603 miles524 nmSouth-southwest SSW
LuganvilleMon 12:06 PM996 km619 miles538 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BrisbaneMon 11:06 AM1059 km658 miles572 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraMon 12:06 PM1566 km973 miles845 nmNorth N
Sydney *Mon 12:06 PM1604 km997 miles866 nmSouthwest SW
Suva *Mon 2:06 PM1752 km1089 miles946 nmEast-northeast ENE
Canberra *Mon 12:06 PM1851 km1150 miles1000 nmSouthwest SW
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