This Alaska town will see sun after 60 days

An Alaskan town saw the sun on Thursday and will next see daylight after 60 days. 

Utqiagvik, a small town situated north of the Arctic Circle has entered into the annual period of darkness, known as polar night.

Utqiagvik officially the City of Utqiaġvik and known as Barrow until 2016,is the largest city (and the borough seat) of the North Slope Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska and is located north of the Arctic Circle. Referred to as “Barrow” beginning in 1901, the city voted to restore its old Iñupiat name, Utqiaġvik, in 2016. Utqiaġvik is one of the northernmost public communities in the world and is the northernmost city in the United States. Nearby Point Barrow is the country’s northernmost point. 

“Polar night is a normal phenomenon that happens every winter for Barrow (Utqiagvik), and any other towns inside the Arctic circle,” .

This occurrence happens every year in winter because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis.

“This tilt makes it so that none of the Sun’s disc are visible above the horizon,”

However, no sun doesn’t mean that there would be complete darkness in the town as daytime hours will have periods known as civic twilight, the meteorologist explained.

“Think of what the sky looks like just before sunrise, or just after sunset,”


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