SwiftySuncalc 1.0.1

SwiftySuncalc 1.0.1

Maintained by Cristian Gonzales.

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  • Cristian Gonzales


Travis CI

Per the original suncalc project README,

SunCalc is a tiny BSD-licensed JavaScript library for calculating sun position, sunlight phases
(times for sunrise, sunset, dusk, etc.), moon position and lunar phase for the given location
and time, created by Vladimir Agafonkin (@mourner) as a part of the SunCalc.net project.

Most calculations are based on the formulas given in the excellent Astronomy Answers articles
about position of the sun and the planets. You can read about different twilight phases calculated
by SunCalc in the Twilight article on Wikipedia.

That Wikipedia article can be found here. This Swift library is a port of the original suncalc.js library, as created by Vladimir Agafonkin (@mourner). All information on this README is taken from the original suncalc.js library's README.


// Declare a new SwiftySuncalc object
var suncalc: SwiftySuncalc! = SwiftySuncalc()
// Get moon illumination times for today
var moonIllumination = suncalc.getMoonIllumination(date: Date())
// Get the angle of the moon from the dictionary, `moonIllumination`
var moonAngle = moonIllumination["angle"]
// Find out the times for today (e.g. sunset or sunrise)
var times = suncalc.getTimes(date: Date(), lat: 51.5, lng: -0.5);
// Find out the time for nadir today
var nadir: Double = times["nadir"]


Currently, SwiftySuncalc is only available through CocoaPods for Swift 4.x. Add the following to your Podfile:

target 'YourTargetApp' do
  pod 'SwiftySuncalc', '~> 1.0'

Then run a pod install inside your terminal, or from CocoaPods.app. Alternatively to give it a test run, run the command:

pod try SwiftySuncalc


Sunlight times

func getTimes(date: Date, lat: Double, lng: Double) -> Dictionary<String, Date>

This method call returns an object with the following properties, returning a Date() object

Property Description
sunrise sunrise (top edge of the sun appears on the horizon)
sunriseEnd sunrise ends (bottom edge of the sun touches the horizon)
goldenHourEnd morning golden hour (soft light, best time for photography) ends
solarNoon solar noon (sun is in the highest position)
goldenHour evening golden hour starts
sunsetStart sunset starts (bottom edge of the sun touches the horizon)
sunset sunset (sun disappears below the horizon, evening civil twilight starts)
dusk dusk (evening nautical twilight starts)
nauticalDusk nautical dusk (evening astronomical twilight starts)
night night starts (dark enough for astronomical observations)
nadir nadir (darkest moment of the night, sun is in the lowest position)
nightEnd night ends (morning astronomical twilight starts)
nauticalDawn nautical dawn (morning nautical twilight starts)
dawn dawn (morning nautical twilight ends, morning civil twilight starts)
func addTime(angle: Double, riseName: String, setName: String)

Adds a custom time with the angle of degrees, the rise name, and the set name.

Sun position

func getPosition(date: Date, lat: Double, lng: Double) -> Dictionary<String, Double>

Returns a dictionary with the following keys:

  • altitude: moon altitude above the horizon in radians
  • azimuth: moon azimuth in radians
  • distance: distance to moon in kilometers
  • parallacticAngle: parallactic angle of the moon in radians

Moon illumination

func getMoonIllumination(date: Date) -> Dictionary<String, Double>

Returns a dictionary with the following keys:

  • fraction: illuminated fraction of the moon; varies from 0.0 (new moon) to 1.0 (full moon)
  • phase: moon phase; varies from 0.0 to 1.0, described below
  • angle: midpoint angle in radians of the illuminated limb of the moon reckoned eastward from the north point of the disk; the moon is waxing if the angle is negative, and waning if positive

Moon phase value should be interpreted like this:

Phase Name
0 New Moon
Waxing Crescent
0.25 First Quarter
Waxing Gibbous
0.5 Full Moon
Waning Gibbous
0.75 Last Quarter
Waning Crescent

By subtracting the parallacticAngle from the angle one can get the zenith angle of the moons bright limb (anticlockwise). The zenith angle can be used do draw the moon shape from the observers perspective (e.g. moon lying on its back).

Moon rise and set times

func getMoonTimes(date: Date, lat: Double, lng: Double) -> Dictionary<String, Date?>

Returns an object with the following properties:

  • rise: moonrise time as Date
  • set: moonset time as Date
  • alwaysUp: true if the moon never rises/sets and is always above the horizon during the day
  • alwaysDown: true if the moon is always below the horizon

By default, it will search for moon rise and set during local user's day (from 0 to 24 hours).