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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 22:22:00 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 22:22:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 16' South, Longitude: 155° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.17 meters/second, 1534.2 km/hour, 953.3 miles/hour or 828.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.89 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.7"952.89 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.15 minorth952.90 mi
24 hours0° 07' 17.1"7.72 mieast0° 03' 16.0"3.75 minorth8.58 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 22:22:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 25' North, Longitude: 18° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.70 meters/second, 1514.5 km/hour, 941.1 miles/hour or 817.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.68 miwest0° 00' 02.3"0.05 misouth15.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.6"940.78 miwest0° 02' 28.8"2.84 misouth940.91 mi
24 hours11° 39' 51.1"756.26 mieast1° 25' 37.3"98.16 misouth765.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaThu 12:22 PM530 km329 miles286 nmWest-northwest WNW
PapeeteThu 12:22 PM860 km534 miles464 nmNortheast NE
AlofiThu 11:22 AM1605 km997 miles867 nmWest-northwest WNW
Apia *Fri 12:22 PM2042 km1269 miles1102 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaFri 11:22 AM2082 km1294 miles1124 nmWest W
FakaofoFri 11:22 AM2305 km1432 miles1244 nmNorthwest NW
AdamstownThu 2:22 PM2547 km1583 miles1375 nmEast E
KiritimatiFri 12:22 PM2791 km1734 miles1507 nmNorth N
Suva *Fri 11:22 AM2809 km1745 miles1517 nmWest W
Chatham Islands *Fri 12:07 PM3022 km1878 miles1632 nmSouthwest SW
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