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Sunrise/Sunset Calculations

, 14 Dec 2000
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Code to help calculate sunrise and sunset times
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    I searched the web for a piece of code that calculates the Sunrise/Sunset based on the Date and a latitude and longitude, but could not find one in C++ that was freely available. People have FreeWare out there, but were unwilling to give out the source as they deemed it to "valuable". So I took it upon myself to convert one of the other freely available pieces of code, and convert it for everyone to use.

    I have written a the following C++ code. It is based heavily on the Javascript I obtained directly from the NOAA. I find that many applications may have a use for this information, so feel free to use it to make your own FreeWare tray applications, or any other Utility Programs.

    The Main three functions are:

    CTime GetSunset(double dLat,double dLon,CTime time);
    CTime GetSunrise(double dLat,double dLon,CTime time);
    CTime GetSolarNoon(double dLon, CTime time);

    which take in Latitude and Longitude values as doubles and a CTime with the Date that you want to calculate the SR/SS for. It returns a CTime in UTC.

    I have included a non-MFC Tray icon class I have written, with the example.. It has the basic functionality to display a tray icon, and can be used in MFC, Win32 and ATL applications. Probably not as good as the newest CSystemTray, but I use it with Win32 to make very small footprint applications!!

    I have also added more functionality to the demo, as the way I originally submitted it, it had very little actual functionality. I also added the code so it is converted from UTC as well.

    Hope someone finds it Useful....


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    About the Author

    Brian Heilman
    Software Developer Birdsoft
    United States United States
    Software Engineer with years of Visual C++ and Objective-C
    Developed Windows Mobile applications including All-In Hold 'Em, Extreme Agenda, and The Dog Ate It.
    Now mostly iOS development with the popular title Extreme Agenda as a flagship.

    Comments and Discussions

    Bugyou have a bug in minus location PinmemberMember 769785810-Sep-11 23:00 
    QuestionGreat stuff is there a fix for DST? PinmemberRobert Valentino6-Apr-11 4:45 
    Generalhelp PinmemberMember 76555218-Feb-11 6:10 
    GeneralMy vote of 2 Pinmembercraig.miller26-May-10 14:01 
    GeneralRe: My vote of 2 PinmemberPat Kujawa24-Mar-11 6:46 
    QuestionCan i have C# version of this code Pinmembertoashokin16-Sep-09 0:01 
    AnswerRe: Can i have C# version of this code PinmemberPat Kujawa24-Mar-11 6:46 
    QuestionDoes anyone know how to get the Noon Rise / set times from this? Pinmemberpeterdrozd20-Aug-08 4:52 
    QuestionDid anyone do a clean up? PinmemberJustASoftwareGuy6623-Dec-06 9:50 
    Generalwrong result? help Pinmemberanqincmt5-Dec-05 14:50 
    GeneralCorrect UTC Offset Pinmemberjheddings1-Dec-05 16:22 
    Questionconverting to Pinmembermichal_s_w1-Nov-05 9:31 
    GeneralComparison didn't work PinmemberJWood3-May-05 17:25 
    GeneralNorth/South &amp; West/East PinsussStanislav Khatsko24-Oct-04 4:27 
    GeneralInput PinmemberPiccinano25-Feb-03 4:36 
    GeneralRe: Input PinsussAnonymous21-Jun-03 15:03 
    GeneralRe: Input PinsussStanislav Khatsko24-Oct-04 4:32 
    Which meridian that coordinate is calculated from?
    If I have 45°1234 N or 45°1234 S or 45°1234 W or 45°1234 E
    how can I enter these examples?

    GeneralDaylight Savings PinmemberDarroll Walsh9-Apr-02 5:42 
    GeneralRe: Daylight Savings PinmemberDarroll Walsh9-Apr-02 6:20 
    GeneralRe: Daylight Savings PinsussEzel324-Nov-03 3:24 
    GeneralRe: Daylight Savings PinsussKSharenkov11-Jan-05 19:02 
    GeneralDosen't work ;( PinmemberTutankhamen2-Jul-01 6:14 
    GeneralRe: Dosen't work ;( Pinmembercraig.miller26-May-10 14:02 
    QuestionWhat about height ? PinmemberMiron Ophir30-Dec-00 4:35 
    Generalconvert UTC to LOCAL PinmemberBrian H21-Nov-00 10:51 

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