Monday was the day that the sun finally went down in Barrow.


For the first time since May 10, the sun dipped below the horizon, bringing an end to 83 consecutive days of 24-hour daylight. The sunset occurred at 2:19 a.m., with a sunrise happening just a few minutes later, at 2:49 a.m. The sun will stay up until 1:52 a.m. Tuesday before it sets again, meaning Barrow will lose its first 28 minutes of daylight.


Barrow will continue to lose between nine to 50 minutes of daylight per day for the next 109 days. Then on November 18, it will dip below the horizon until Jan. 22, 2017.


Barrow and other areas within the Arctic Circle will then experience the “polar night” — a period of 24-hour darkness that lasts 64 days. When the sun begins to rise again in January, Barrow will continue to gain daylight, until the midnight sun returns.


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