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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 Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 17:24:00 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 Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 17:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 81° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.65 meters/second, 1532.4 km/hour, 952.2 miles/hour or 827.4 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"951.73 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth951.73 mi
24 hours0° 07' 27.1"7.89 mieast0° 00' 06.7"0.13 misouth7.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 17:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 43' North, Longitude: 12° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.73 meters/second, 1611.8 km/hour, 1001.6 miles/hour or 870.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.69 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.21 minorth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 33' 01.4"1001.46 miwest0° 10' 43.8"12.29 minorth1001.38 mi
24 hours10° 45' 51.3"740.88 mieast4° 06' 10.2"281.95 minorth789.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaThu 12:24 PM1345 km836 miles726 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Thu 2:24 PM1533 km953 miles828 nmSoutheast SE
La PazThu 1:24 PM1596 km992 miles862 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreThu 1:24 PM1755 km1090 miles948 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaThu 2:24 PM1927 km1197 miles1040 nmEast-southeast ESE
Rio BrancoThu 1:24 PM2083 km1294 miles1124 nmNortheast NE
GuayaquilThu 12:24 PM2354 km1463 miles1271 nmNorth N
Asuncion *Thu 2:24 PM2428 km1509 miles1311 nmEast E
Buenos AiresThu 2:24 PM2562 km1592 miles1384 nmSoutheast SE
QuitoThu 12:24 PM2587 km1608 miles1397 nmNorth N
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