Alaskan city plunges into two months of darkness in ‘polar night’ as sun sets for final time in 2020

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Alaskan city plunges into two months of darkness in ‘polar night’ as sun sets for final time in 2020

The next sunrise in Utqiagvik won’t arrive until January 23. Credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks Sea Ice Group via StoryfulA city in Alaska has been plunged into two months of darkness after the area watched its last sunset for 2020. The city’s 4000 residents will now experience a whopping 66 days of night and temperatures barely above freezing. Regions in the Arctic Circle are tilted away from the sun on the Earth’s axis during the winter months, resulting in the months of darkness. The sun set on Wednesday at 1.30pm local time for the final time this year, according to the National Weather Service. The city also experiences the direct opposite weather effect during the summer with near total sunshine from May until August.

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