Alaskan town won’t see the sun until Jan. 23

Alaskan town won't see the sun until Jan. 23

The sun set on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. local time in the northernmost town in the United States and will not rise again until January 2021, according to the National Weather Service.

The long period of darkness is due to “polar night,” which occurs at high latitudes in the Arctic and Antarctic circles every winter.

Citizens of Utqiaġvik have seen their last sunset until January 23, 2021.

The phenomenon occurs because regions in the Arctic circle are tilted away from the sun on the Earth’s axis during winter, according to The Weather Channel.

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