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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 28, 2012 at 09:22:00 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 Friday, December 28, 2012 at 09:22:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 15' South, Longitude: 39° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.25 meters/second, 1534.5 km/hour, 953.5 miles/hour or 828.6 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"953.06 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.16 minorth953.07 mi
24 hours0° 07' 15.7"7.70 mieast0° 03' 28.8"3.99 minorth8.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 28, 2012 at 09:22:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 53' North, Longitude: 140° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.22 meters/second, 1520.0 km/hour, 944.5 miles/hour or 820.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.74 miwest0° 00' 03.4"0.07 misouth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 30' 49.3"944.17 miwest0° 03' 31.5"4.04 misouth944.36 mi
24 hours11° 35' 53.2"754.59 mieast1° 49' 53.3"125.97 misouth769.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ToliaraFri 12:22 PM382 km238 miles206 nmEast E
BeiraFri 11:22 AM649 km403 miles350 nmNorthwest NW
MaputoFri 11:22 AM802 km499 miles433 nmWest-southwest WSW
AntsirabeFri 12:22 PM825 km513 miles446 nmEast-northeast ENE
Big BendFri 11:22 AM897 km558 miles485 nmWest-southwest WSW
NampulaFri 11:22 AM903 km561 miles488 nmNorth N
AntananarivoFri 12:22 PM922 km573 miles498 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManziniFri 11:22 AM936 km581 miles505 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbabaneFri 11:22 AM952 km592 miles514 nmWest-southwest WSW
MasvingoFri 11:22 AM1005 km624 miles543 nmWest-northwest WNW
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