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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 Monday, December 31, 2012 at 14:34:00 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 Monday, December 31, 2012 at 14:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 02' South, Longitude: 37° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.93 meters/second, 1536.9 km/hour, 955.0 miles/hour or 829.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.92 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.3"954.60 miwest0° 00' 11.8"0.23 minorth954.61 mi
24 hours0° 07' 03.2"7.49 mieast0° 04' 58.0"5.70 minorth9.41 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, December 31, 2012 at 14:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 14' North, Longitude: 177° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.03 meters/second, 1587.7 km/hour, 986.6 miles/hour or 857.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.44 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 32' 20.2"986.41 miwest0° 09' 28.8"10.86 misouth986.74 mi
24 hours348° 59' 13.6"747.22 miwest4° 01' 21.7"276.46 misouth801.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Vitória *Mon 12:34 PM408 km254 miles220 nmNorthwest NW
Niterói *Mon 12:34 PM556 km345 miles300 nmWest W
Rio de Janeiro *Mon 12:34 PM564 km350 miles304 nmWest W
São Paulo *Mon 12:34 PM917 km570 miles495 nmWest W
SalvadorMon 11:34 AM1117 km694 miles603 nmNorth N
Brasilia *Mon 12:34 PM1337 km831 miles722 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeMon 11:34 AM1679 km1044 miles907 nmNorth N
Asuncion *Mon 11:34 AM2041 km1268 miles1102 nmWest W
FortalezaMon 11:34 AM2136 km1327 miles1153 nmNorth N
Montevideo *Mon 12:34 PM2224 km1382 miles1201 nmSouthwest SW
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