Look at the sunrise and sunset worldwide in this real-time illustration of the Earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds on this image are updated daily with real weather satellite imagery. Refresh your browser in 5-10 minutes for a map update.
Sunrises and sunsets worldwide are generated in real-time on Google maps.
The globe accurately represents the Earth; provided it is large enough, all parts of the Earth’s surface are represented 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 globe’s curved surface on a plane. Different types of map projection are used. This is because they are needed for various purposes. A suitable projection for showing countries near the Equator may not be so for showing the lands lying within the Arctic Circle.
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 map view is often used in computer applications because 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.