A nighttime view of the town / Photo courtesy of the University of Alaska
A nighttime view of the town / Photo courtesy of the University of Alaska

If you like to stay up late at night, you will definitely like a town in the US state of Alaska.

The sun set for the last time this year on Nov. 18 in the Utqiagvik region of northern Alaska, formerly known as Barrow.

In this town of 4,000 people, the sun rose at 12:42 PM on November 18 and set just 59 minutes later at 1:41 PM.

Now the town will be covered in darkness for 65 days or say it will not be possible to see the sunrise for more than 2 months.

The 65-day long night is also called polar night.

The term polar night is used for places where the sun does not rise for more than 24 hours.

A third of Alaska’s northern region lies above the Arctic Circle, and so the Earth tilts slightly on its axis at these times each year.

As a result, the sun does not rise for weeks or even months during winter in various regions of the Arctic Circle.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the length of the day begins to shorten from the end of June and the duration of the sunset begins to decrease in every country, but the effect is greatest in the northern regions.

The length of the day there begins to shorten rapidly in late September, as did this town in Alaska.

By the way, this is not the only town in Alaska that will experience the polar night, but being the most northerly, it is definitely the first place.

Well, during this time, the light of the sun will be visible to some extent, but it will not be like a normal sunset or sunrise.

Now the residents will have to wait till January 23, 2023 to witness the sunrise.

By the way, this region experiences many months of long night as well as all-time sunlight in summer.

During the period of May to August, the darkness of the night is not seen here, but the sun is visible in the sky all the time, for which the term midnight sun is used.

For example, the sun did not set there for 83 days in 2022, but despite 24 hours of daylight, there is no significant decrease in cold weather.