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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 Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30:00 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 Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 25' South, Longitude: 9° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.85 meters/second, 1543.9 km/hour, 959.3 miles/hour or 833.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.99 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.3"958.92 miwest0° 00' 18.5"0.35 misouth958.90 mi
24 hours0° 06' 19.5"6.75 mieast0° 07' 12.3"8.27 misouth10.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 17' South, Longitude: 27° 26' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.26 meters/second, 1530.9 km/hour, 951.3 miles/hour or 826.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.8"15.85 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 minorth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 23' 56.0"951.06 miwest0° 06' 04.5"6.96 minorth951.35 mi
24 hours14° 06' 57.5"932.38 mieast2° 55' 56.8"201.63 minorth960.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:30 PM838 km521 miles453 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Windhoek *Thu 2:30 PM2766 km1719 miles1494 nmEast E
LuandaThu 1:30 PM2886 km1793 miles1558 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownThu 2:30 PM3039 km1888 miles1641 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméThu 12:30 PM3092 km1921 miles1670 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanThu 12:30 PM3133 km1947 miles1692 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaThu 12:30 PM3181 km1976 miles1717 nmNorth N
AccraThu 12:30 PM3266 km2029 miles1764 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroThu 12:30 PM3272 km2033 miles1767 nmNorth N
LibrevilleThu 1:30 PM3277 km2036 miles1770 nmNortheast NE
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