The Solar Calculator can be a very useful tool for a photographer. It gives an easy to read graphical indication of the position of the sun and moon at both rise and set, as well as their current positions in the sky, and it can do this for just about any location on any time and date you wish.
New in version 2.2: The Solar Calculator can also plot the Moon position and phase at any given time. In addition, accuracy has been dramatically improved with the use of new astronomy-grade VSOP87 based algorithms. It now also includes optional adjustment for local magnetic declination, should you need to plot positions 'in the field' using a compass.
Where to start? To get the best out of the Solar Calculator, please read the Solar Calculator FAQ first.
Search for a place name, or drag the yellow marker to your desired location, select the timezone of that location (or just let the calculator detect it for you) and click calculate. This will give you the sunrise and sunset times and positions for that location. It will also list the elevation of the sun above the horizon, and the azimuth (degrees from north, as determined by a compass for example) of the sun at that time.
Accuracy notes: The Solar Calculator does not take account of altitude or local terrain, so be aware that this will effect the accuracy of the predictions in some high-altitude or mountainous locations.
The Solar Calculator includes GeoLite data created by MaxMind, available from www.maxmind.com