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Utqiaġvik, Alaska will experience 24 hours of sun for the first time

The northernmost city in Alaska is going to need their sunglasses full time — and for the next two and a half months.

Utqiaġvik, formerly called Barrow, watched the sun set one last time Tuesday night, and in less than an hour and a half later, the sun will come back up and won’t dip below the horizon again until August 2.

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This will also be the first time the sun shines on Utqiaġvik for 24 hours in a row. That’s because the city, which used to be named Barrow, officially changed its name to the original Alaskan Native name in December 2016.

Utqiaġvik is 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle and only 1,300 miles from the North Pole.

Because of its northern location and the Earth’s tilt on its axis, the sun will merely approach the horizon for the next 11 1/2 weeks.

The next sunset will occur in the early morning hours of August 2, but even then, the next sunrise will follow less than an hour after that.

Watch the video above for a list of things to do when the night never comes.

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