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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 26, 2012 at 11:02:00 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 26, 2012 at 11:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 20' South, Longitude: 14° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.96 meters/second, 1533.5 km/hour, 952.8 miles/hour or 828.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.88 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.6"952.42 miwest0° 00' 05.9"0.11 minorth952.42 mi
24 hours0° 07' 21.0"7.79 mieast0° 02' 34.8"2.96 minorth8.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 11:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 50' North, Longitude: 171° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.59 meters/second, 1510.5 km/hour, 938.6 miles/hour or 815.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.64 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 46.9"938.27 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 minorth938.22 mi
24 hours348° 16' 45.6"757.83 miwest0° 03' 50.2"4.40 misouth758.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Walvis Bay *Wed 1:02 PM47 km29 miles25 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Swakopmund *Wed 1:02 PM75 km47 miles40 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Windhoek *Wed 1:02 PM261 km162 miles141 nmEast-northeast ENE
GhanziWed 1:02 PM738 km458 miles398 nmEast-northeast ENE
Rundu *Wed 1:02 PM800 km497 miles432 nmNortheast NE
TsabongWed 1:02 PM834 km519 miles451 nmEast-southeast ESE
LubangoWed 12:02 PM941 km584 miles508 nmNorth N
MaunWed 1:02 PM975 km606 miles527 nmEast-northeast ENE
MenongueWed 12:02 PM1011 km628 miles546 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneWed 1:02 PM1150 km715 miles621 nmEast E
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