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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 09:52:00 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 09:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 15' South, Longitude: 32° 26' 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"953.07 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth953.08 mi
24 hours0° 07' 15.6"7.70 mieast0° 03' 29.3"4.00 minorth8.68 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 28, 2012 at 09:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 51' North, Longitude: 148° 00' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.30 meters/second, 1520.3 km/hour, 944.6 miles/hour or 820.9 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' 49.6"944.35 miwest0° 03' 34.3"4.10 misouth944.54 mi
24 hours11° 35' 40.9"754.51 mieast1° 50' 58.1"127.21 misouth769.34 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NelspruitFri 11:52 AM287 km178 miles155 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaputoFri 11:52 AM302 km187 miles163 nmSouth S
PolokwaneFri 11:52 AM312 km194 miles168 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbabaneFri 11:52 AM365 km227 miles197 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ManziniFri 11:52 AM375 km233 miles203 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MasvingoFri 11:52 AM389 km241 miles210 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Big BendFri 11:52 AM396 km246 miles214 nmSouth S
BeiraFri 11:52 AM452 km281 miles244 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MutareFri 11:52 AM473 km294 miles256 nmNorth N
GweruFri 11:52 AM500 km311 miles270 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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