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World Sunlight Map

World Sunlight Map
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  • On January 14, 2014

Watch the sun rise and set all over the world on the World Sunlight Map, a real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds are updated every 3 hours with current weather satellite imagery.

The Map uses a Mercator projection, one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. Used since the 16th century for navigation, straight lines on this map can be used accurately as compass bearings but the size and shape of continents are distorted. You can compare the Mercator projection with Peters, Mollweide or equirectangular projection maps. Also available is a semi-realistic view of dawn and dusk from far above the Earth, a look at the moon, and information about how it all works.

To see where the sun is rising and setting right now, click here.

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