For the first time since Nov. 18, the northernmost city in the United States saw the sun rise above the horizon on Thursday afternoon.
Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, is located on the northern tip of Alaska far above the Arctic Circle.
After 65 days of darkness, the sun rose at 1:09 p.m. AKST on Thursday with a temperature of minus 17 F and an AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature of minus 34 F.
This animation shows the first sunrise of the year in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, on Jan. 23, 2020. (FAA)
The reason Utqiaġvik experiences long stretches of darkness in the heart of winter is due to the tilt of the Earth and the city’s close proximity to the North Pole.
Since the Earth orbits the sun on its axis, the North