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In this Oct. 10, 2014 photo, snow falls on a corner of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the nation. Bordered on one side by the lapping waters of the Chukchi Sea and the other by an endless sea of tundra, it's the site for an unprecedented campaign ground game aimed at re-electing Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The sun set in one Alaskan city this weekend. And it won't rise again until January 22.


Barrow, Alaska, a city located about 300 miles north of the Artic Circle went dark Friday and the folks there won't see the light of day for two months -- and it's not because of a power outage.  

"Polar night" began when the sun set on Nov. 19 and it will end with a long-awaited sunrise on Jan. 22 at 1:17 p.m. 

The reason? Well, the Northern Hemisphere tilts away from the sun from mid-November through late January, causing the sun to disappear in areas north of the Artic Circle, according to Weather.com

The exact opposite happens for more than two months during the spring and summer, causing the sun to never dip below the horizon. 

While this all sounds terrible for those who love the sunshine, it's not completely dark during "polar night." 

Although most of the day is pitch black, there will be a few hours of what's known as "civil twilight." 

"Civil twilight" is a period of about six hours where people can still see objects outside. However, that six-hour window shrinks to about three hours in December just before Christmas, according to Weather.com. 

When the sun does finally rise again in Barrow, the city may have a new name. In mid-October, voters determined the name should be changed back to the native "Utqiagvik," according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

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