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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 Friday, December 21, 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 Friday, December 21, 2012 at 01:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 151° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.65 meters/second, 1532.3 km/hour, 952.1 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"951.72 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth951.71 mi
24 hours0° 07' 27.2"7.89 mieast0° 00' 03.1"0.06 minorth7.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 21, 2012 at 01:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 13' North, Longitude: 110° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.46 meters/second, 1607.3 km/hour, 998.7 miles/hour or 867.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.1"16.64 miwest0° 00' 10.3"0.20 minorth16.64 mi
1 hour14° 33' 05.6"998.59 miwest0° 10' 23.8"11.91 minorth998.47 mi
24 hours10° 45' 50.1"738.68 mieast3° 56' 55.1"271.37 minorth783.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RockhamptonFri 11:52 AM104 km65 miles56 nmWest W
BundabergFri 11:52 AM178 km110 miles96 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Hervey BayFri 11:52 AM246 km153 miles133 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BrisbaneFri 11:52 AM472 km293 miles255 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CairnsFri 11:52 AM939 km583 miles507 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Fri 12:52 PM1156 km718 miles624 nmSouth S
Canberra *Fri 12:52 PM1333 km829 miles720 nmSouth S
Port MoresbyFri 11:52 AM1615 km1004 miles872 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Melbourne *Fri 12:52 PM1713 km1064 miles925 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Adelaide *Fri 12:22 PM1787 km1110 miles965 nmSouthwest SW
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