A city in Alaska has bid goodbye to the Sun and will see the subsequent daylight in 2021. Formerly referred to as Barrow, within the city of Utqiagvik, the solar set for the final time in 2020 on November 19 for a span of over 60 days.
The small city positioned on the north of the Arctic Circle has entered its annual section of darkness. The prevalence is named polar night time. The phenomenon takes place throughout winters due to the lean of the axis of the Earth, CNN reported.
The polar night time happens within the northernmost and southernmost areas of the Earth when the night time lasts for greater than 24 hours. This happens solely contained in the polar circles.
“Polar night is a normal phenomenon that happens every winter for Barrow (Utqiagvik), and any other towns inside the Arctic circle. This tilt makes it so that none of the Sun’s disc is visible above the horizon,” stated CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.
The CNN meteorologist clarified that getting into the section of darkness does not point out that the city will be merged in darkness. Most of the daytime hours will undergo durations referred to as civil twilight, stated Chinchar.
“Think of what the sky looks like just before sunrise, or just after sunset. That is what they see for several hours a day, from now until January 22, when the sun will “officially rise” again,” stated Chinchar.
However, this phenomenon shouldn’t be unique to this city solely however it’s the first on the polar night time location listing due to its far north location.
Meanwhile, the people of Utqiagvik expertise in summer season is the exact opposite when there are 24 hours of daylight. That phenomenon is named a midnight solar or polar day.