First sunrise in six weeks for residents of Murmansk – End of polar night

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Residents of the Murmansk have experienced their first sunrise in 40 days on January 12, 2016.

This date marks the end of the polar night, although the sun only appeared during an hour.

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People of Murmansk waited from December 2, 2015 to January 12, 2016 at 12:36pm to see the sun rising in their sky.

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That makes an incredible six weeks without sun.

However, the first day after the polar night lasted only slightly longer than an hour.

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Since 11 years, people living in the area meet on a hill to welcome our Star. A new tradition is born.

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This year, authorities had even prepared a free bus to transport people and offered refreshments and hot tea.

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During the polar night, night lasts for more than 24 hours. This phenomenon occurs only inside the polar circles.

“Night” is understood as the center of the Sun being below a free horizon.

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The polar shortest day isn’t totally dark everywhere inside the polar circle… Actually just at places very close to the poles.

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Regions located at the inner border of the polar circles experience polar twilight instead of polar night.

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The polar night in the region lasts about 40 days – depending on the location.

Can you imagine living six weeks without sunrise?

Meanwhile Aurora and light pillars illuminated the sky of Finland.

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