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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 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:22:00 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 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:22:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 11' South, Longitude: 25° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.44 meters/second, 1535.2 km/hour, 953.9 miles/hour or 828.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.90 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.8"953.50 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 minorth953.51 mi
24 hours0° 07' 12.1"7.64 mieast0° 03' 57.8"4.55 minorth8.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:22:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 57' North, Longitude: 143° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.30 meters/second, 1538.3 km/hour, 955.8 miles/hour or 830.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.93 miwest0° 00' 05.6"0.11 misouth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 31' 15.3"955.58 miwest0° 05' 46.3"6.62 misouth955.86 mi
24 hours11° 23' 45.8"750.01 mieast2° 40' 54.8"184.42 misouth777.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MolepololeSat 12:22 PM143 km89 miles77 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ShoshongSat 12:22 PM150 km93 miles81 nmEast E
GaboroneSat 12:22 PM184 km114 miles99 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SeroweSat 12:22 PM191 km119 miles103 nmEast-northeast ENE
FrancistownSat 12:22 PM337 km210 miles182 nmNortheast NE
RustenburgSat 12:22 PM353 km219 miles190 nmSoutheast SE
GhanziSat 12:22 PM388 km241 miles209 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaunSat 12:22 PM392 km243 miles211 nmNorth-northwest NNW
TsabongSat 12:22 PM413 km257 miles223 nmSouthwest SW
PretoriaSat 12:22 PM426 km264 miles230 nmSoutheast SE
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