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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 23:36:00 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 23:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 174° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.65 meters/second, 1532.3 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 minorth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.72 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth951.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 27.1"7.89 mieast0° 00' 28.8"0.55 minorth7.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 21, 2012 at 23:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 48' North, Longitude: 67° 07' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.04 meters/second, 1591.3 km/hour, 988.8 miles/hour or 859.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.48 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 33' 02.4"988.65 miwest0° 09' 22.0"10.73 minorth988.45 mi
24 hours10° 50' 46.2"736.98 mieast3° 28' 55.4"239.36 minorth770.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NukualofaSat 12:36 PM269 km167 miles145 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PangaiSat 12:36 PM401 km249 miles217 nmNorth N
NeiafuSat 12:36 PM531 km330 miles287 nmNorth N
AlofiFri 12:36 PM669 km416 miles361 nmNortheast NE
Suva *Sat 12:36 PM953 km592 miles515 nmNorthwest NW
Labasa *Sat 12:36 PM1016 km631 miles548 nmNorthwest NW
Apia *Sat 1:36 PM1097 km682 miles592 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaFri 1:36 PM1521 km945 miles821 nmEast E
FakaofoSat 12:36 PM1592 km989 miles860 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FunafutiSat 11:36 AM1787 km1111 miles965 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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