The dark days of December are here, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, but the good news is that beginning tomorrow the days get a little lighter. The closer you live to the Arctic Circle, the more you will appreciate the added sunshine each day.
Darkness is a fascinating app that tells you how many hours of daylight you will experience each day, and how much more or less daylight you have today than yesterday. The app also includes other useful information such as the waxing and waning of the moon, the phase of the moon, when the sun is directly overhead, and other information.
Planning a vacation and want to know how much sunlight you will get at your destination? Check out Darkness. Trying to schedule a wedding and want to know when the sun will set? Check out Darkness. Want to plan a Solstice celebration at Stonehenge? Check out Darkness. Can’t figure out what gift to get for your favorite vampire? Give the gift of Darkness to make sure he knows exactly when the sun will rise each day!
If you’re curious about how much daylight you have today where you live, this app will give you that information plus much more. It’s also interesting to compare other cities to appreciate how much daylight they are enjoying today. You can adjust the date as well to see how much daylight there will be in the future.
Darkness can use your current location or you can set a location to discover the hours of daylight.
If you think your day is dark, consider Oslo, Norway where they are getting only 5 hours and 53 minutes of daylight today. Anchorage, Alaska is even darker with only 5 hours and 27 minutes of daylight today. Fairbanks, Alaska has a measly 3 hours and 41 minutes of daylight, with the sun rising at 10:58 am and setting at 2:39 pm. Or choose a city that’s above the Arctic Circle, such as Murmansk, Russia where the sun doesn’t rise or set at all today.
Head to the Southern Hemisphere if you want a dose of jealousy and discover that Huancayo, Peru has an enviable 12 hours and 49 minutes of daylight today. Melbourne, Australia has a whopping 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight on today, their Summer Solstice.
When I moved to England from Philadelphia, I was amazed at the extreme difference between the hours of daylight between the summer and the winter at my new home. My mental clock had a difficult time adjusting to the British sky being pitch black in the afternoon during the winter and light enough to read a book outside at 9:30 pm during the summer. (London has 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight today and 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight during their Summer Solstice.)
The farthest south I ever lived was Tampa, Florida where the sun will give 10 hours and 22 minutes of light today. Those extra hours of sunlight were greatly appreciated by me (I enjoyed the warm weather as well!).
The app has cool graphics too, with a shadow over the globe showing where it is dark at the set date and time.
Darkness also has plenty of information about phases of the moon. Whether you’re an astronaut, astronomer or werewolf, you may need to know exactly what the moon is doing now or on a certain date. Darkness can tell you all you need to know.
The developer, Bjango, suggests other uses for this versatile app. If you are a photographer and want to plan your photo shoots based upon where the sun will be in the sky, you can calculate this easily with Darkness. The app also functions as a world clock for people trying to plan a global meeting. Or you could calculate what the moon phase was during the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969.
Darkness is available in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $1.99. Darkness in the iTunes App Store
Do you crave sunlight during the dark days of winter? Do you enjoy knowing how much daylight you can look forward to each day? Do you enjoy learning about the phases of the moon? Let us know in the Comments section below!
*Winter Solstice image by Francis Anderson
** Stonehenge Solstice image by Cheng I