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The Day and Night Cycle is a feature in the Animal Crossing series that tells time during each day, just like in the real world. The time is based off the internal system clock.
Sunrise and Sunset
In Animal Crossing the sun rises between 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM and sets between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, The sun is down all day in the Winter Solstice and up all day in the Summer Solstice, Usually it's hard to tell because the sun in the game cannot be viewed because of a slight limitation of the camera. Even if the camera is forcefully changed using hacks or other external tools, the sun may still remain hidden since its celestial body may not be programmed in to the game.
Moonrise and Moonset
In Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf, The moon can be seen in the game every day except if the sky has dense cloud cover, there is what is called a "new moon", or in the summer solstice, The moon can be seen in Animal Crossing only during a certain event.
The Moon Rises in Animal Crossing at about 3:15 PM and sets at about 7:45 AM, However, The moon is only visible in certain types of the game. In City Folk the time the moon becomes visible is at about 3:45 PM and goes off the screen at 7:15 AM. In New leaf, The moon appears at about 7:10 PM using 3-D and 7:15 PM at both modes. The moon goes off screen at about 4:45 AM at both modes and 4:50 AM using 3-D mode.
During the evening, the moon is at a straight angle until past midnight, when the moon gradually tilts. It is highly noticeable at 3:00 AM during a Quarter Moon.