In America’s northernmost town, the sun set at 1:30 pm on Wednesday. It was the last time it set in 2020. It won’t rise again for 65 days. The residents will live in darkness until January 22, 2021. By then Joe Biden will be the president of the US.
For Alaska’s Utqiagvik, polar light is a normal phenomenon which occurs every year. The town will see some inklings of light at dawn, called civil twilight, however, the sun will remain below the horizon for the next two months. “There are a few hours each day with enough light to see, but the folks who live here have technically seen their last sunset until 2021,” meteorologist Danielle Banks of The Weather Channel said.
Instagram user @kirsten_alburg posted a video of the last sunset of 2020 and wrote, “After a week of cloudy sunless days, today, the clouds cleared just enough for us to be able to see and wave goodbye to our beautiful bright friend. The next time the Arctic will see the sun will be January 22nd at 1:16pm.”
She added, “I have to say there was a tear in my eye, as I sat on the frozen tundra watching her set. However, as I sit here typing this now, I feel nothing but excitement for the coming days of peaceful darkness and the official start of Polar Night!!!!”