Utqiagvik, Alaska , formerly known as Barrow, experienced its last sunrise and sunset on Sunday for about two months. The town of about 4,000 people is now beginning its 65- day period of darkness , known as polar night . “If you live above the Arctic Circle, there will be a day when the sun sets for the rest of winter.
1. Alaska Gets Six Months of 24-Hour Sunlight and Darkness . Barrow is one of Alaska’s northernmost cities and gets complete darkness for two months out of the year. During the summer, the sun doesn’t completely set in Barrow from early May until the end of July.
That said, Alaska still gets fairly extreme. For example, Barrow—one of the northernmost towns in Alaska—has about two months of darkness in the winter, from about November 18 to January 22. But in the summer, the sun doesn’t completely set for about 82 days, from roughly May 11 until July 31.
Barrow— Alaska’s northernmost village—lies far above the Arctic Circle. This is why it’s constantly exposed to the sun during some parts of the year, preventing it from experiencing night for more than two months.
All of Alaska does not go dark in winter ! But the further north you go, the darker it gets.
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Does your home area have midnight sun ? In Barrow, the state’s northernmost community, the sun does not set for more than two and a half months—from May 10 until August 2. In Alaska , the sun travels in a slanting 360 degree circle in the sky, so even if it’s below the horizon, it’s barely below it for a long period.
Alaska does not limit or tax alcoholic beverages brought into this state for personal use and not for resale. Over 75 Alaska communities have, by local option, banned the importation or possession of alcoholic beverages. It may be a felony crime to ship alcoholic beverages to those communities.
Barrow has gone dry. Because of an October election in which voters approved prohibition , the town that once barred the sale of alcohol but tolerated its importation and possession now bans booze completely. Possession of alcoholic beverages subjects offenders to fines of up to $1,000.
Alaska runs a program called the Alaska Permanent Fund, which, per the state website, allots an equal amount of the state’s oil royalties to every resident through an annual dividend. In 2018, that dividend came out to $1,600 per person.
When you hear folks say that Alaska is all light half the year and all dark the other half of the year , what you’re hearing is an exaggeration of a basic astronomical fact: in winter, the sun is in the lower hemisphere and it does not light the north pole.
Alaska alcohol laws allow licensed businesses to serve alcohol from 8 am until 5 am the following morning every day of the year except election days . Or they may choose to permit sales on election days . In reality, all of Alaska’s larger cities and many of its smaller communities restrict sales hours.