Estimate Sunrise and Sunset Times
Updated 7 May 2020

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We can estimate the time of sunrise and sunset for any location on the earth if we know the latitude, and longitude for that location. To estimate sunrise and sunset for any day of the year we need to calculate two values for a given date and place -- the equation of time and the hour angle.

This live script illustrates the technique used to estimate sunrise and sunset times.

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David Garrison (2024). Sunrise/Sunset (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R2020a
Compatible with R2019a and later releases
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