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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 Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 06:36:00 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 Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 80° 41' East

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 minorth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.73 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth951.73 mi
24 hours0° 07' 27.0"7.89 mieast0° 00' 37.0"0.71 minorth7.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 53' North, Longitude: 168° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.35 meters/second, 1585.3 km/hour, 985.0 miles/hour or 856.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.42 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 32' 57.6"984.85 miwest0° 08' 58.8"10.29 minorth984.64 mi
24 hours10° 53' 37.5"737.44 mieast3° 18' 39.0"227.61 minorth767.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Amsterdam IslandSat 11:36 AM1620 km1006 miles875 nmSouth S
Diego GarciaSat 12:36 PM1988 km1236 miles1074 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port LouisSat 10:36 AM2421 km1505 miles1307 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSat 10:36 AM2614 km1624 miles1411 nmWest W
Port-aux-FrancaisSat 11:36 AM3018 km1876 miles1630 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaleSat 11:36 AM3152 km1958 miles1702 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSat 12:06 PM3355 km2085 miles1812 nmNorth N
JakartaSat 1:36 PM3391 km2107 miles1831 nmEast-northeast ENE
VictoriaSat 10:36 AM3416 km2123 miles1845 nmNorthwest NW
AntananarivoSat 9:36 AM3472 km2157 miles1875 nmWest W
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