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Why does Alaska have six months of daylight and six months of night?

Asked by anonymous - 6 years 9 months ago


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Answered by oz
6 years 9 months ago
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*** g80 12/8 pp. 25-26 Living Above the Arctic Circle?and Enjoying It! ***

Most people, living around the mid-belt of the globe, have their pace and pattern of life governed by a changeless rhythm of the rising and setting sun. But north of the Arctic Circle?as well as in Antarctica down under?this rhythm is broken during the year.

Since the earth is tilted on its axis, for six months the North Pole faces toward the sun, in eternal daylight, while the South Pole has a half-year-long night. So, if you lived on the North Pole the year around, you would have a six-month day, from March 21 to September 23, followed, unfortunately, by a six-month night of icy cold and ferocious blizzards. The farther south one lives from the North Pole, the shorter the midnight sun period will be. Coming to the Arctic Circle, located some 1,630 miles (2,600 km) from the North Pole, there is one day a year when the sun does not set all night, and, likewise, in the winter, one day when it does not rise.

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Answered by anonymous
6 years 9 months ago
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it dosnt

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