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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 27, 2012 at 10:02:00 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 Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 18' South, Longitude: 29° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.09 meters/second, 1533.9 km/hour, 953.1 miles/hour or 828.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.89 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.7"952.71 miwest0° 00' 07.0"0.13 minorth952.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 18.7"7.75 mieast0° 03' 01.6"3.47 minorth8.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 48' North, Longitude: 162° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.65 meters/second, 1510.7 km/hour, 938.7 miles/hour or 815.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.65 miwest0° 00' 01.1"0.02 misouth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 39.4"938.40 miwest0° 01' 16.9"1.47 misouth938.47 mi
24 hours11° 42' 47.8"757.57 mieast0° 57' 30.9"65.94 misouth762.79 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PolokwaneThu 12:02 PM75 km47 miles41 nmSouth-southwest SSW
LeralaThu 12:02 PM218 km135 miles118 nmWest-northwest WNW
NelspruitThu 12:02 PM268 km167 miles145 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PretoriaThu 12:02 PM317 km197 miles171 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FrancistownThu 12:02 PM334 km208 miles180 nmNorthwest NW
SeroweThu 12:02 PM334 km208 miles181 nmWest-northwest WNW
MbabaneThu 12:02 PM360 km224 miles194 nmSouth-southeast SSE
JohannesburgThu 12:02 PM368 km229 miles199 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RustenburgThu 12:02 PM370 km230 miles200 nmSouthwest SW
BulawayoThu 12:02 PM370 km230 miles200 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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