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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 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:52:00 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 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 25' South, Longitude: 151° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.72 meters/second, 1532.6 km/hour, 952.3 miles/hour or 827.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.87 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 misouth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.87 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth951.87 mi
24 hours0° 07' 25.9"7.87 mieast0° 00' 53.3"1.02 misouth7.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 43' South, Longitude: 132° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.16 meters/second, 1617.0 km/hour, 1004.7 miles/hour or 873.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.74 miwest0° 00' 11.6"0.22 minorth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 51.9"1004.67 miwest0° 11' 38.8"13.34 minorth1004.81 mi
24 hours11° 04' 05.9"765.26 mieast4° 35' 30.0"315.49 minorth827.83 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RockhamptonWed 11:52 AM79 km49 miles42 nmWest W
BundabergWed 11:52 AM193 km120 miles104 nmSoutheast SE
BrisbaneWed 11:52 AM482 km300 miles260 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CairnsWed 11:52 AM920 km572 miles497 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Wed 12:52 PM1158 km720 miles625 nmSouth S
Canberra *Wed 12:52 PM1332 km828 miles719 nmSouth S
Port MoresbyWed 11:52 AM1605 km998 miles867 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Melbourne *Wed 12:52 PM1706 km1060 miles921 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Adelaide *Wed 12:22 PM1772 km1101 miles957 nmSouthwest SW
Alice SpringsWed 11:22 AM1777 km1104 miles960 nmWest W
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