These 12 Photos Of Alaska At Night Are Unbelievably Beautiful
These 12 pictures capture the darker side of our state, Alaska at night. Only, there isn’t anything eerie or dark about these pictures at all. All these captured photos of Alaska at night seem to glow with a beauty you can’t find just anywhere… or maybe that’s just the Northern Lights in the background. With so many months of darkness in Alaska, it’s easy to find the beauty in the night sky. Without further ado, please enjoy these 12 spectacular shots of Alaska by moonlight!
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Which is your favorite of these photos of Alaska at night? I’m partial to the Northern Lights shots! If there are photos you love that you didn’t see on this list, drop them in the comments below!
This varies throughout the seasons, and depends on your location in Alaska. Alaska is famous for being the “land of the midnight sun,” but the converse is true in the winter time. Although Our northernmost cities can enjoy 24 hours of uninterrupted daylight in the summer time, the winter time is filled with as many hours of darkness. In places like Utqiagvik, they enjoy 80 straight days of daylight in the summer months, and 67 days of darkness in the winter months. The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage, enjoys 19 hours of daylight on summer solstice, the longest day of the year. On winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, Anchorage will only receive 5 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.
Why is Alaska dark for 6 months of the year?
Alaska is not actually dark for 6 months of the year, even in our northern cities. The entire state experiences varying hours of sunlight and darkness all year long. The long, dark hours of the winter season are due to Alaska’s location on the globe. Because Alaska sits close to the north pole, when we hit the winter season, the tilt of the Earth’s axis creates an environment of long, dark nights as we tilt away from the sun. While Alaska is not technically “night” for six months, we do get longer and longer hours of darkness until we hit winter solstice, usually around December 21st. Then the days grow longer until we hit summer solstice, around June 21st.
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.
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