I'm lost...is this thread debating whether San Francisco has a night time? Of course it does...the game just doesn't have the tech built into the map to show it. Sure they can do it, just whether they will or not.
Me neither. I've been to the Academy on many many occasions and then one time while I was there it dawned on me...it's always daytime at Starfleet Academy! How could this be? Has the Earth of the future ceased to spin on its axis? Did all those infernal combustion engines we drove in the 20th and 21rst centuries stop the Earth dead in its tracks? I had to know. So I beamed up to my ship and flew an orbit around the Earth and noted which continents were in light and which were in darkness. I repeated this again about twelve hours later and discovered that indeed the Earth has stopped rotating! But that isn't the truly puzzling part. The west coast of the USA was in darkness and as we all know Starfleet is in San Francisco. So I beamed down to the Academy to check it out and sure enough...daytime! What strange phenomenon could be causing this? How could the western seaboard of North America be in darkness yet San Francisco be in daylight? My mind boggled. Could it be Q screwing with our heads? Maybe some evil plot by the Klingons? Or maybe a new but yet undiscovered black hole is bending the sun's rays around the planet.
...or maybe it's just STO being sloppy with the details.