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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 Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10:20:00 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 Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 07' South, Longitude: 25° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.65 meters/second, 1535.9 km/hour, 954.4 miles/hour or 829.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.91 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.1"953.97 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth953.98 mi
24 hours0° 07' 08.3"7.57 mieast0° 04' 25.4"5.08 minorth9.12 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 10:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 17' North, Longitude: 131° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.53 meters/second, 1560.7 km/hour, 969.8 miles/hour or 842.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.16 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.15 misouth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 31' 47.3"969.58 miwest0° 07' 39.9"8.78 misouth969.91 mi
24 hours11° 11' 15.5"746.61 mieast3° 22' 46.2"232.33 misouth787.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ShoshongSun 12:20 PM86 km54 miles47 nmEast E
SeroweSun 12:20 PM133 km83 miles72 nmNortheast NE
MolepololeSun 12:20 PM143 km89 miles77 nmSouth S
GaboroneSun 12:20 PM171 km106 miles93 nmSouth S
LeralaSun 12:20 PM217 km135 miles117 nmEast E
ThabazimbiSun 12:20 PM240 km149 miles130 nmSoutheast SE
FrancistownSun 12:20 PM287 km178 miles155 nmNortheast NE
RustenburgSun 12:20 PM323 km201 miles175 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PretoriaSun 12:20 PM386 km240 miles209 nmSoutheast SE
PolokwaneSun 12:20 PM396 km246 miles214 nmEast-southeast ESE
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