Barrow to have first sunset in almost three months

Posted: Friday, August 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The 5,000 residents of Barrow in northernnmost Alaska will see their first sunset in almost three months on Friday.

The sun will set at 2:06 a.m. and pop up again at 3:02 a.m. Residents will mark the occasion with a polar bear dip in the icy Chukchi Sea. Participants will have to completely submerge themselves and pay a small fee to receive a Polar Bear Dip certificate.

Barrow will lose daylight quickly in the coming months. The sun will go down on Nov. 18 and won't return again until Jan. 23 next year.

Barrow's street lights, which are activated by a light sensor, are ready for the return of darkness, said officials with Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative.

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