The people of the town Utqiaġvik, In alaska, they will never see the sun again over the horizon to the January 23, 2021the US National Weather Service reported on its Fairbanks Twitter account.
On November 18, the last sunset of the year was recorded at 1:30 p.m. and the community entered a 66 day partial dark period, known as polar night.
“The sun will rise again on January 23, 2021,” they noted on social networks.
At 1:30 pm AKST this afternoon, the sun will set and Utqiaġvik will enter a 66 day period of polar night. The sun will rise again on January 23rd, 2021. #akwx pic.twitter.com/iN4KXGxBh9
– NWS Fairbanks (@NWSFairbanks) November 18, 2020
What is the polar night and why does it happen?
Is called polar night to the phenomenon within the Arctic Circle where months pass in which the sun does not rise above the horizon for a long time.
The further north of the Arctic CircleThe longer the polar night becomes.
“Due to the tilt of the Earth on its axis, the regions of the Arctic Circle can remain with their backs to the sun for days, weeks or even months. The opposite occurs in the summer, when brightness reigns 24 hours a day, “explains The Washington Post.
The polar night in Utqiaġvik, Alaska
From the last days of November until the first days of January, partial darkness settles in Utqiaġvik and offers only flashes of light for a few hours.
According to The Weather Channel, “when the sun is six degrees below the horizon, there is still enough sunlight for objects to be seen outside” and people can do some activities.
In late November there can be up to 6 hours of dim light in this region of Alaska, but as time progresses, the hours of daylight decrease. For Christmas there are only 3 hours of dim light and the rest of the day is dark. Until January 23, the sun will be seen on the horizon.
Utqiagvik will see endless daylight from May 11 to August 18.
The main activities of Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) are the gathering and hunting of animals such as seals, whales, ducks and caribou, but it also has attractions for tourists who love extreme cold.
During the summer, tours are offered to see polar bears and snowy owls, as well as to the archaeological site of Birnirk. In addition, it is one of the places to visit on the walk of series and movies filmed in Alaska, as it was the scene of the feature film Big Miracle.