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This Alaskan town won't see the sun for 65 days


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 4:20 PM - America's northernmost town, Utqiaġvik, Alaska – formerly called Barrow – plunged into 65 days of darkness Sunday afternoon, kicking off another round of a phenomenon that's referred to as "polar night".

Sunday's sun rose at 12:40 p.m. local time and set at 1:44 p.m.

It won't return until January 23 at 1:04 p.m.

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And while it will be dark -- it won't be completely dark all of the time.


For about six hours a day, the sun will be six degrees below the horizon and provide enough light to see objects outside.

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But that period of time, known as civil twilight, shrinks to about three hours a day around Christmas.


Between mid-November and late January, the sun doesn't rise north of the Arctic Circle due to its position on the planet. Between mid-May and August, the area experiences nearly two months of sunlight.

Utqiaġvik is home to about 4,400 people.

THE CANADIAN CONNECTION

If you think two months of darkness is depressing, allow us to introduce you to Grise Fiord, the most northern permanently populated region in Canada, which is in the midst of about 100 days of darkness.

That part of the world won't see sunlight again until February 10, 2019. Its last sunset was at the end of October. 

Watch the video that leads this article for more information on Grise Fiord's darkness.

VIDEO: CANADIAN FIREFIGHTER SAVES WOLF PUPS FROM RAGING ALASKAN FIRE



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