The headline is true: the sun will never, ever rise in Barrow, Alaska again due to a municipal technicality.
On Friday, November 18 at 1:31 p.m., the sun set on Barrow not only for the last time in 2016, but for the last time ever.
That area of Alaska is stuck with two months straight without the sun in the winter every year.
Due to the Earth’s tilt and the location of the town, above the Arctic Circle, the sun never gets above the horizon during that yearly period.
The next time the sun actually rises there, it’ll be at 1:17 p.m. January 22, 2017. But this time, the sun will rise on Utqiaġvik. That’s the traditional Inupiat Eskimo name that residents voted to change the town’s name to, according to ABC Denver.
Set your alarm clocks accordingly, Barrow residents. The switch from Barrow to Utqiaġvik will go official on December 1, and the sun will be up in about eight weeks.