Utqiagvik formerly known as Barrow is the largest city in the U.S State of Alaska. It is located north of the Arctic Circle and it is also home to over 4,000 people. Utqiagvik experiences a very interesting natural phenomenon every year; once the sun sets on November 18 of every year, it does not rise again until January 23 of the next year. This leads to 67 days of total or near darkness in Utqiagvik.
‘Polar Night’, as this phenomenon is called, is the term used when ‘night’ lasts longer than 24 hours inside the polar circles. In this case, ‘night’ is defined as when the center of the sun is below the horizon.
Utqiagvik is also known to experience the opposite of this phenomenon which is known as the ‘Polar day’ or the ‘Midnight sun’ whereby the city does not experience night for 83 days, this usually happens from May till August. During the polar day, the sun is visible for the full 24 hours.
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