Sun Sets on Barrow, Alaska, For The Last Time

The headline is true: the sun will never, ever rise in Barrow, Alaska again.

OK, it’s kind of a technicality but still.

On Friday, November 18 at 1:31 p.m., the sun set on Barrow for the last time ever, and for the last time for the year.

The next time the sun rises, it’ll be at 1:17 p.m. January 22, 2017 on Utqiaġvik (traditional Inupiat Eskimo name that residents voted to change to), via ABC Denver.

Set your alarm clocks accordingly.

The switch from Barrow to Utqiaġvik will go official on December 1 and the transition will be a dark one.

That area of Alaska is stuck with two months straight without the sun in the winter every year, but is evened out with two months straight with the sun in the summer every year, which also sounds unpleasant.

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