It's Midnight In The Arctic Circle…And The Sun Is Shining Brightly

It’s Midnight In The Arctic Circle…And The Sun Is Shining Brightly

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The blue planet we are living in is full or surprises, secrets and anomalies. In some parts of the Globe, the nights are shorter, in some other parts the day is shorter. And in some strange places the Sun may never set.
Below are the photos taken at night times and it’s really amazing!

This photo was taken at about 10 p.m. in Finland. Finnish people are (probably) going to bed, and this is what it looks like.   midnight-sun-photos-0



This is what midnight looks like in Norway during the summer   midnight-sun-photos-1



These cheerful houses in Svalbard can have their colors appreciated for days. This picture was taken at 12:01 a.m   midnight-sun-photos-2



When you’re camping in Denali National Park in Alaska, you don’t need a fire for light.   midnight-sun-photos-3



Midnight looks like sunset in many places, like here in Reykjavik, Iceland.   midnight-sun-photos-4

After a month of night and several months of near-night, people are always excited for the return of the sun. Sunlight is needed for vitamin D absorption, and constant darkness is linked to depression. So when the sun comes back out, everyone feels much better. People stay up late into the “night” and play outside.
Inuvik, a town of about 3,000 in Canada’s Northwest Territories (and located two degrees above the Arctic Circle), has an annual Midnight Sun Fun Run starting at 11 p.m. Typically, the Midnight Sun starts at the beginning of June and lasts until around July 20. From then on, the days get consecutively shorter until winter.

After so many days of complete darkness, people celebrate the return of the sun, like at this Midnight Sun Festival.   midnight-sun-photos-5



They camp out to see the all-night daylight.   midnight-sun-photos-6



For thousands of years, the return of the sun in spring was also celebrated with religious observances.   midnight-sun-photos-7



This photo was taken on June 1, 2007, and shows the lowest the sun gets in the sky over Norway. The sun did not completely set that year until July 21.   midnight-sun-photos-8


Come winter, the opposite will happen: the sun will disappear for about 30 days of complete darkness, along with plenty more of near-total darkness. This is known as the “Noon Moon.” The phenomena of the Midnight Sun and the Noon Moon are mostly recorded at the North Pole, as this region has a permanent human population.
So when you’re enjoying the long days of summer, remember that somewhere in the world, there’s a month-long day happening — and a month-long night!
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