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About the Sun & Moon Pages

Each location in our database has a Sun & Moon section offering information about rise/set times, Moon phases, altitudes, headings, daylength, twilight phases, and more.

To access it, click on the blue “Sun & Moon” tab underneath the map on any City Information Page.

Note: This page is designed to provide a general overview of the Sun's and Moon's movements on the current date. For more extensive information in text form and for a date of your choice, please see the Sunrise & Sunset and the Moonrise & Moonset pages. We also offer a Day and Night World Map and a Moon Light World Map.

Changing the location

To obtain Sun & Moon information for a different location, type a city name into the search field below the yellow band near the top of the page.

Core data at a glance

The yellow band near the top of the page contains the most important information about the Sun and Moon on the current date:

  • The current Moon phase and illumination percentage – the icon shows the current phase as seen from the selected location.
  • The current time and date
  • Today's sunrise and sunset times
  • Today's moonrise and moonset times  
  • A map showing the selected location

The arrows and angles next to the rise and set times show the azimuths, i.e. where on the horizon the Sun or the Moon rises and sets (more information).

The Sun Map

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The Sun Map

The first graph shows the Sun's altitude in the selected location throughout the current day. The graph defaults to the current time. Move your mouse over the graph to select a different time.

The box on the right shows:

  • The selected local time – defaults to current time if no time is selected.
  • The Sun's altitude above the horizon – at 0 degrees, the Sun's center is by the horizon, at 90 degrees it is directly overhead; negative values mean that the Sun is below the horizon.
  • The Sun's heading – as on a compass, the azimuth is measured in degrees, with 360 in a full circle, counted in a clockwise direction from north; north has an azimuth value of 0 degrees, east is 90 degrees, south is 180 degrees, and west is 270 degrees.
  • The twilight phase – see section “Today's Light Map” for more information.
  • The length of day and the difference in daylength to the previous day

Legend

  • Horizontal line: horizon
  • Vertical lines: sunrise and sunset
  • Yellow dot: Sun
  • Blue: daytime
  • Gray: nighttime

Today's Light Map

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Today's Light Map

This graph provides an overview of today's distribution of sunlight. It is arranged in chronological order from left to right. The time of day is displayed at the bottom of the graph. Move your mouse over the graph for more information about each phase. The table on the right shows the precise start and end times for each phase in chronological order from midnight to midnight.

Legend

  • Black: nighttime
  • Light blue: daytime
  • Darker blue shadings, from darkest to lightest: astronomical twilight, nautical twilight, civil twilight

Sun data for the next 7 days

This table includes some of the most important Sun data for the following seven days in the selected location. It is a simplified version of the “Sunrise & Sunset” table (read more information about its contents).

Equinoxes & Solstices

The precise moments of the current year's astronomical seasons – March equinox, June solstice, September equinox, and December solstice – are listed in the table next to the 7-day Sun preview. All times are local and take into account daylight saving time switches.

Today's Moon

This graph is the Moon equivalent of the “Sun Map” described above.

Moon data for the next 7 days

As in the Sun version (see section “Sun data for the next 7 days”), this table includes the most important data from the “Moonrise & Moonset” table (read more information about its contents).

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