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The sun sets Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, on 17,400-foot Mount Foraker in Denali National Park in the Alaska Range. Around this time of year, northern areas of Alaska enter a time known as "polar darkness," when the sun doesn't rise for several consecutive days. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Darkness envelopes northern Alaskan city — until Jan. 23


UTQIAGVIK, Alaska (CIRCA via KEYE) — On Sunday, the sun set in Utqiagvik, Alaska, like normal.

But it won't rise rise again until Jan. 23, which is 65 days after Sunday.

Sun doesn't quite rise in Utqiagvik, Alaska

KTUU reported that the sun set in the town — formerly known as Barrow — at 1:43 p.m. Sunday and won't rise above the horizon for another 65 days.

"Polar night" is the term used when a location experiences 24 hours with no sunrise. The opposite is "midnight sun," when it doesn't set for at least a day. Several places in Alaska experience these phenomena every year because of the state's extreme northern latitude.

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