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It’s time for round-the-clock daylight on the North Slope

By Rachael Penton 11:48 AM May 10, 2017

Summer has arrived in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow)  — at least, when it comes to the amount of daylight. The sun rose early Wednesday morning, and will stay above the horizon through early-August. The next sunset on Utqiagvik’s calendar won’t happen until 1:56 a.m. on August 2. That’s more than two-and-a-half months of constant daylight. Utqiagvik will begin losing daylight again the next day (August 3), until the sun sets for the winter in late-November and stays below the horizon through late-January.

Locations throughout the rest of Alaska (and the northern hemisphere) will continue gaining daylight through the summer solstice on June 20. Fairbanks is still gaining about seven minutes per day, and is up to 18 hours of daylight. Juneau is up to 16-and-a-half hours of daylight as of this week, still gaining more than four minutes each day.

Anchorage is currently at 17 hours of daylight, with another 2 hours and 20 minutes to gain through the solstice. However, with the combination of daylight and civil twilight, there’s at least some amount of light outside almost around the clock. This year the earliest sunrise in Anchorage will happen on June 18 and 19 at 4:20 a.m. The latest sunset of the year will happen a couple of days after the solstice, on June 22 at 11:42 p.m.

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