If you consider yourself to be a night owl, well, I have very good news for you as this is your chance to be your true self if you want to spend your winters in northern Alaska. Formerly known as Barrow, the town called Utqiagvik will experience its last sunrise and sunset on Sunday for about two months. The town with about 4,000 inhabitants is now beginning to experience its 65-day period of darkness, also known as polar night.
According to the CNN meteorologist Judson Jones the term, polar night, is very common for places that don’t experience sunrise for more than 24 hours. In fact, Jones said that this happens every year:
This happens every year. If you live above the Arctic Circle, there will be a day when the sun sets for the rest of winter. The good news? It will return and then during the summer when it won’t set for days.
The northern third of Alaska lies above the Arctic Circle, the ring of latitude that encircles the frigid Arctic polar region. However, the Utqiagvik town is not the only Alaskan town that experiences this phenomenon, but it sure is the first one on the polar night location list because of how far north it is.
The residents of Kaktovik, Point Hope and Anaktuvuk Pass too will not see the rays of the sun for about one or two months. According to CNN affiliate KTUU, their final sunsets will happen between late November and early December.
Pictured above: This is a constant sight during Utqiagvik during their 65-day period of the polar night.
The last sun will officially set at 1:43 p.m. on Sunday, entering its 65-day hiatus from the town. The next sunrise will brighten the horizon again on January 23, 2019.
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