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date_sunset Returns time of sunset for a given day and location


date_sunset ( int $timestamp , int $returnFormat = SUNFUNCS_RET_STRING , float|null $latitude = null , float|null $longitude = null , float|null $zenith = null , float|null $utcOffset = 0 ) : string|int|float|false

date_sunset() returns the sunset time for a given day (specified as a timestamp) and location.



The timestamp of the day from which the sunset time is taken.


returnFormat constants
constant description example
SUNFUNCS_RET_STRING returns the result as string 16:46
SUNFUNCS_RET_DOUBLE returns the result as float 16.78243132
SUNFUNCS_RET_TIMESTAMP returns the result as int (timestamp) 1095034606


Defaults to North, pass in a negative value for South. See also: date.default_latitude


Defaults to East, pass in a negative value for West. See also: date.default_longitude


zenith is the angle between the center of the sun and a line perpendicular to earth's surface. It defaults to date.sunset_zenith

Common zenith angles
Angle Description
90°50' Sunset: the point where the sun becomes invisible.
96° Civil twilight: conventionally used to signify the end of dusk.
102° Nautical twilight: the point at which the horizon ends being visible at sea.
108° Astronomical twilight: the point at which the sun ends being the source of any illumination.


Specified in hours. The utcOffset is ignored, if returnFormat is SUNFUNCS_RET_TIMESTAMP.


Fiecare apel al unei funcții de dată/oră va genera o E_NOTICE dacă zona orară nu este validă și/sau un mesaj E_STRICT sau E_WARNING dacă se utilizează setările sistemului sau variabila de mediu TZ. Vedeți de asemenea date_default_timezone_set()

Valorile întoarse

Returns the sunset time in a specified returnFormat on success sau false în cazul eșecului. One potential reason for failure is that the sun does not set at all, which happens inside the polar circles for part of the year.

Istoricul schimbărilor

Versiune Descriere
8.0.0 latitude, longitude, zenith and latitude are nullable now.


Example #1 date_sunset() example


/* calculate the sunset time for Lisbon, Portugal
Latitude: 38.4 North
Longitude: 9 West
Zenith ~= 90
offset: +1 GMT

echo date("D M d Y"). ', sunset time : ' .date_sunset(time(), SUNFUNCS_RET_STRING38.4, -9901);


Exemplul de mai sus va afișa ceva similar cu:

Mon Dec 20 2004, sunset time : 18:13

Example #2 No sunset

var_dump(date_sunset($solsticeSUNFUNCS_RET_STRING69.245833, -53.537222));

Exemplul de mai sus va afișa:


A se vedea și

  • date_sunrise() - Returns time of sunrise for a given day and location
  • date_sun_info() - Returns an array with information about sunset/sunrise and twilight begin/end

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User Contributed Notes 3 notes

matt at mctsoft dot net
2 years ago
yes SUNFUNCS_RET_TIMESTAMP does return GMT(0) time

so something like...

$arr = localtime(date_sunset(time(),SUNFUNCS_RET_TIMESTAMP,51.5,0)); // London

$hh = $arr[2];
$mm = $arr[1];

Will give figure out your localtime and daylight saving (BST)
nospam at nomail dot com
3 years ago
maybe I am wrong, but I think


SUNFUNCS_RET_STRING     Return local time
SUNFUNCS_RET_DOUBLE     Return local time
michael at dayah dot com
14 years ago
I use an IP to location database to determine the visitor's approximate latitude and longitude and then serve them a day or night color scheme based on whether it is before civil dawn or dusk. I've had problems when not specifying the timezone, specifically a 1 hour error, so I use GMT.


scheme() {
$sunrise = date_sunrise(time(), SUNFUNCS_RET_DOUBLE, $latitude, $longitude, 96, 0);
$sunset = date_sunset(time(), SUNFUNCS_RET_DOUBLE, $latitude, $longitude, 96, 0);
$now = date("H") + date("i") / 60 + date("s") / 3600;

        if (
$sunrise < $sunset)
                if ((
$now > $sunrise) && ($now < $sunset)) return "day";
                else return
                if ((
$now > $sunrise) || ($now < $sunset)) return "day";
                else return
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