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A Swift package for calculation of Sun and Moon positions and phases.
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A Swift Package for calculation of Sun and Moon positions and phases.

This project is based on the Java version written by Richard "Shred" Körber, and shared under the Apahce License 2.0.


Astronomical calculations are far more complex than throwing a few numbers into an obscure formula and then getting a fully accurate result. There is always a tradeoff between accuracy and computing time.

This library has its focus on getting acceptable results at low cost, so it can also run on mobile devices, or devices with a low computing power. The results have an accuracy of about a minute, which should be good enough for common applications (like sunrise/sunset timers), but is probably not sufficient for astronomical purposes.

If you are looking for the highest possible accuracy, you are looking for a different library.

Quick start

This library consists of several models for calculation:

  • SunTimes
  • MoonTimes
  • SunPosition
  • MoonPosition
  • MoonPhase
  • MoonIllumination

All models are invoked using the same pattern:

let location = // Coordinates (see LocationParameter.swift)
let dateTime = // DateTime object or Swift timestamp (see TimeParameter.swift)

let result = try SunTimes.compute()
if let rise = result.rise, let set = result.set {
    print("Sunrise: \(rise)")
    print("Sunset: \(set)")

For more examples, please see the ExamplesTest.swift file.


For every model, there are several parameters that can be set and used in calculation. These parameters are defined in these three files:


  • copy(): Creates a copy of the builder it is invoked on, which can then be used in another builder.


  • latitude(_ lat: Double): Sets the latitude (deg) only.
  • longitude(_ lng: Double): Sets the longitude (deg) only.
  • height(_ h: Double): Sets the height in meters above sea level. Sea level is used by default.
  • at(_ lat: Double, _ lng: Double): Sets the latitude and longitude, in degrees.
  • at(_ coords: [Double]): Sets the latitude and longitude, in degrees. coords must contain two Doubles.
  • latitude(d: Double, m: Double, s: Double): Sets latitude in degrees, minutes, seconds and fraction of seconds.
  • longitude(d: Double, m: Double, s: Double): Sets longitude in degrees, minutes, seconds and fraction of seconds.
  • sameLocationAs<P: LocationParameter>(_ l: P): Sets the latitude, longitude, and height to the same as another Builder that also has these.

WARNING: Location parameters are not mandatory for any calculation, however, if omitted Null Island will be used.

NOTE: heightcannot be negative. If you pass in a negative height, it is silently changed to the accepted minimum of 0 meters. For this reason, it is safe to pass coordinates from satellite-based navigation systems without range checking.


  • on(year: Int, month: Int, date: Int): Last midnight of the given date. Note that month is counted from 1 (1 = January, 2 = February, …).
  • on(year: Int, month: Int, date: Int, hour: Int, minute: Int, second: Int): Given date and time.
  • on(_ dateTime: DateTime): Given date, time, and timezone.
  • on(_ date: Date, timeZoneID: String): Date and time as given in a Date. Attempts to set timezone corresponding to timeZoneID.
  • on(_ date: Date, timeZone: TimeZone): Date and time as given in a Date. Sets timezone to the TimeZone.
  • on(_ date: Date): Date and time as given in a Date. No timezone is set.
  • plusDays(_ days: Double): Adds the given number of days to the current date. days can also be negative, of course.
  • plusDays(_ days: Int): Adds the given number of days to the current date. days can also be negative, of course.
  • now(): The current system date and time. This is the default.
  • midnight(): Last midnight of the current date. It just truncates the time.
  • today(): Identical to .now().midnight().
  • tomorrow(): Identical to today().plusDays(1).
  • timezone(_ tz: TimeZone): Sets the timezone. Setting the timezone does not change the local time. For example, 6:50 GMT will be 6:50 CET after changing timezone to CET).
  • timezone(_ id: String): Same as above, but accepts a String for your convenience.
  • localTime(): The system's timezone. This is the default.
  • utc(): UTC timezone. Identical to timezone("UTC").
  • sameTimeAs<P: TimeParameter>(_ t: P): Copies the current date, time, and timezone from any other builder. Note that subsequent changes to the other object are not adopted.

NOTE: If no time-based parameter is given, the current date and time, and the system's time zone is used.

NOTE: The accuracy of the results is decreasing for dates that are far in the future, or far in the past


By default, SunTimes.swift calculates the time of the visual sunrise and sunset. This means that the rise property contains the DateTime when the Sun just starts to rise above the horizon, and set contains the DateTime when the Sun just disappeared from the horizon. Atmospheric refraction is taken into account.

There are other interesting twilight angles available. You can set them via the twilight() parameter, by using one of the Twilight.swift constants:

Constant Description Angle of the Sun Topocentric
visual The moment when the visual upper edge of the sun crosses the horizon. This is the default. yes
visualLower The moment when the visual lower edge of the sun crosses the horizon. yes
astronomical Astronomical twilight -18° no
nautical Nautical twilight -12° no
civil Civil twilight -6° no
horizon The moment when the center of the sun crosses the horizon. no
goldenHour Transition from daylight to Golden Hour no
blueHour Transition from Golden Hour to Blue Hour -4° no
nightHour Transition from Blue Hour to night -8° no

If you want to get the duration of a twilight, you need to calculate the times of both transitions of the twilight. For example, to get the beginning and ending of the civil twilight, you need to calculate both the visual and the civil twilight transition times.

Alternatively you can also pass any other angle (in degrees) to twilight().

NOTE: Only visual and visualLower are topocentric. They refer to the visual edge of the Sun, take account of the height parameter, and compensate for atmospheric refraction. All other twilights are geocentric and heliocentric. The height parameter is then ignored, and atmospheric refraction is not compensated.


By default, MoonPhase.swift calculates the date of the next new moon. If you want to compute the date of another phase, you can set it via the phase() parameter, by using one of the Phase.swift constants:

Constant Description Angle
newMoon Moon is not illuminated (new moon). This is the default.
waxingCrescent Waxing crescent moon. 45°
firstQuarter Half of the waxing moon is illuminated. 90°
waxingGibbous Waxing gibbous moon. 135°
fullMoon Moon is fully illuminated. 180°
waningGibbous Waning gibbous moon. 225°
lastQuarter Half of the waning moon is illuminated. 270°
waningCrescent Waning crescent moon. 315°

Alternatively you can also pass any other angle (in degrees) to phase().


This libarary is based on:

  • "Astronomy on the Personal Computer", 4th edition, by Oliver Montenbruck and Thomas Pfleger
  • "Astronomical Algorithms" by Jean Meeus

All original formulas and calculations are implemented by Richard "Shred" Körber in the original Java version.


  • Fork the source code on GitHub. Feel free to send pull requests.
  • Found a bug? Please file a bug report.


SunCalc is open source software. The source code is distributed under the terms of the Apahce License 2.0.


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Initial release after translation from Java to Swift.

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