Imagine going over 2 months without seeing the sun.
No, we're not talking about the Great Lakes or Pacific Northwest in winter.
Tuesday afternoon, the sun will rise above the horizon for the first time since November 18 in Barrow, Alaska, America's northernmost city.
That said, the sun remains above the horizon for only 57 minutes Tuesday, rising at 1:11 p.m. AST and setting at 2:08 p.m. AST.
Located at over 71 degrees north latitude, roughly 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is just coming out of its "polar night", a roughly two-month period in which the sun doesn't rise above the horizon.
This is due to the Earth's tilt. During the polar night, the sun's most direct rays to shine over areas between the equator and Tropic of Capricorn during that time of year, never directly reaching locations above the Arctic Circle.
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That said, it's a common misconception that the city is "completely dark" during this period.
"Civil twilight", defined as the point when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon, allows sufficient light to see objects outside.
On November 18, this period lasted for just over six hours. This "civil twilight" period shrinks to just under a three-hour period at the winter solstice (Dec. 21), and is back to over a six-hour period on Jan. 22.
Over half the days each year, on average, are considered "cloudy" in Barrow, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center.
Barrow also experiences "midnight sun" in late spring and summer. From May 11 through August 1, the sun never dips below the horizon.
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This photo taken by johndhard at Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon on Dec. 27, 2012. He writes that the photo title is Magical Moment because it was just that. The sun backlit the frozen trees, giving them a magical look until the ice melted, he said.