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The Long Night: Alaskan town bids adieu to the SUN for 66 days

The residents of Utqiagvik in Alaska have watched their last sunset of this year and they will not see one until January next year.

4,300 residents of America’s northernmost town Utqiagvik watched their last sunset at 1:30pm (PT) on Wednesday, Nov 19 and will witness the next after 66 days to the annual ‘polar night.’

Utqiagvik is located at a latitude of 71.29 Degrees North, which is slightly above the Arctic circle, because of its unique geolocation the area witnesses the long Polar Night period.




This phenomenon occurs within the polar circles and Polar Night’s are the result of Earth tilting away from the Sun during winters and when none of the Sun’s disc is visible above the horizon at all.

As strange as it may seem to many of us this is quite normal to them. The National Weather Service in Fairbanks posted on Twitter saying that the sun will not rise again until January 23, 2021, in Utqiagvik.

Alaskans during this time stock up Vitamin D supplements. They also rely on ‘happy light’ which stimulates daylight indoors.



During this time residents usually spend most of their times indoors in the warm comfort of their homes.

Hopefully, by then president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President


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