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Utqiaġvik, Alaska's last sunset for months is tonight

Posted at 1:21 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 15:31:35-04

Residents of the northernmost city in Alaska are going to need their sunglasses full time — and for the next two and a half months.

Utqiavik, formerly called Barrow, will watch the sun set one last time Tuesday night, and in less than an hour and a half later, the sun will come back up and won't dip below the horizon again until August 2.

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Utqiavik is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle and only 1,300 miles from the North Pole.

Because of its northern location and the Earth's tilt on its axis, the sun will merely approach the horizon for the next 11 1/2 weeks.

The next sunset will occur in the early morning hours of August 2, but even then, the next sunrise will follow less than an hour after that.

Watch the video above for a list of things to do when the night never comes.

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