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Sun sets on 2017 in Utqiagvik

November 24th | Shady Grove Oliver Print this article   Email this article  

The sun set for the final time this year in Utqiaġvik on Saturday.

Locals enjoyed muted light for just shy of an hour that day before the sun dipped down below the horizon.

While the coming months will be dark and cold, many who live here look forward to this time of year. It's a season for hunting and trapping and doing projects inside the home, like sewing new atikluks for spring.

Some nights to come it won't be too dark, either, especially when the lights come out overhead, putting on an awe-inspiring show of color and crackle.

It's the rhythm of the seasons here, in this place of full sun and full night. Nothing stops when the sun sets; holiday games are played by the twinkle of street lights.

The sun will rise again on Jan. 22, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. When it comes back up again, it will stay above the horizon for a full 25 minutes.


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