Sunlight map – Mercator view

Have a look at the sun rise and sunset all over the world on this real-time, illustration of the earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds on this image are updated daily with the real weather satellite imagery. Refresh your browser in 5-10 minutes for a map update.



Sunrise and sunset all over the world generated real-time on Google maps.

The globe is an accurate representation of the earth and. Provided it is large enough, all parts of the earth’s surface represented on it in their actual shape, relative size, and shape. But, one of the most significant problems in making maps is how to draw tho curved surface of the globe onto a flat piece of paper. This is what is called projection.

The map projection is a systematic arrangement of meridians and parallels portraying the curved surface of the globe on a plane. Different types of map projection used. This is because they needed for various purposes. A projection which is suitable for showing countries near the Equator may not be so for showing the lands lying within the Arctic Circle.

The Mercator map projection

The Mercator map projection shown on the Google maps above is one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. This map view used since the 16th century for navigation, straight lines on this map can be used accurately as compass bearings. Note that the size and shape of continents distorted.

This projection used since the 16th Century (AD 1569). It shows correct directions by straight lines. As a result, it is beneficial for air and sea navigation. The shapes of countries are well maintained. On the Mercator, map scale is correct along the Equator and gets worse towards the poles.

Compare this sunlight map with Hemisphere view, Rectangular View, Mercator View, or Mollweide projection on Google maps. Source: die.net.

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Sunlight Map – Rectangular View

Have a look at the sun rise and sunset all over the world on this real-time, illustration of the earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds on this image are updated daily with the real weather satellite imagery. Refresh your browser in 5-10 minutes for a map update.



Sunrise and sunset all over the world generated real-time on Google maps.

The globe is an accurate representation of the earth and. Provided it is large enough, all parts of the earth’s surface represented on it in their actual shape, relative size, and shape. But, one of the most significant problems in making maps is how to draw tho curved surface of the globe onto a flat piece of paper. This is what is called projection.

The map projection is a systematic arrangement of meridians and parallels portraying the curved surface of the globe on a plane. Different types of map projection used. This is because they needed for various purposes. A projection which is suitable for showing countries near the Equator may not be so for showing the lands lying within the Arctic Circle.

Rectangular view

Rectangular view – Known as a plate carrée or equirectangular projection. This map is one way of looking at the spherical Earth as a flat map projected on Google maps. However, it distorts area, shape, and angles, this way of map view often used in computer applications because of the X and Y axis map directly to latitude and longitude.

Compare this sunlight map with Hemisphere view, Rectangular View, Mercator View, or Mollweide projection on Google maps. Source: die.net.

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Sunlight map – Hemisphere View

Have a look at the sun rise and sunset all over the world on this real-time, illustration of the earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds on this image are updated daily with the real weather satellite imagery. Refresh your browser in 5-10 minutes for a map update.


Dawn Dusk

Sunrise and sunset all over the world generated real-time on Google maps.

The globe is an accurate representation of the earth and. Provided it is large enough, all parts of the earth’s surface represented on it in their actual shape, relative size, and shape. But, one of the most significant problems in making maps is how to draw tho curved surface of the globe onto a flat piece of paper. This is what is called projection.

The map projection is a systematic arrangement of meridians and parallels portraying the curved surface of the globe on a plane. Different types of map projection used. This is because they needed for various purposes. A projection which is suitable for showing countries near the Equator may not be so for showing the lands lying within the Arctic Circle.

Hemisphere View

Any circle drawn around the Earth divides it into two equal halves called hemispheres. There generally considered to be four hemispheres: Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western.

The Equator, or line of 0 degrees latitude, divides the Earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The Northern Hemisphere contains North America, the northern part of South America, Europe, the two-thirds of the north of Africa, and most of Asia. The Southern Hemisphere contains most of South America, one-third of Africa, Australia, Antarctica, and some Asian islands.

Compare this sunlight map with Hemisphere view, Rectangular View, Mercator View, or Mollweide projection on Google maps. Source: die.net.

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