LONDON (Web Desk) – We are so much comfortable with the “12 hours day and 12 hours night” because of the rotation of the earth around the sun, aren’t we?
But, there are some places that experience sunlight for straight 24 hours without a break.
Have you ever thought what would have happened if India would have been one of those places? Can’t imagine, right?
The phenomenon when sun never sets is known as “The Midnight Sun”.
This natural phenomenon occurs in local summer months in the north of the Arctic and south of the Antarctic Circle. The opposite phenomenon called Polar Night occurs when sun remains below the horizon in winters.
Here is a list of some places where sun does not set:
Norway is known as the land of midnight sun. Due to Norway’s high altitude, there are seasonal variations in daylight because of the period of refracted sunlight is long. In this country, for about a period of 76 days from late May to late July, the sun never sets for about 20 hours.
The midnight sun shines above the Arctic circle, but here the sun briefly dips beyond the horizon and then rises again which results in blurring of the boundary between dying night and dawning day.
From early May until late August, sun sets around midnight and rises again at around 4 in the morning in Sweden. In this country, the periods of constant sunshine last for up to six months of an year.
The sun doesn’t set in Alaska from late May to late July. Fairbanks, Alaska is south of the Arctic Circle where the sun sets at around 12:30 A.M at the summer solstice. This is because Fairbanks is 51 minutes ahead of its idealised time zone.
The sun never fully sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night. Europe’s second largest island sees no dark from early May till July because sun is above the horizon all the time. During the Arctic summer, sun sets at midnight and rises at 3 in the morning.
The second largest country sees continuous sunlight for about 50 days in summer, in places like Inuvik and the Northwest territories. The country is covered in snow around the year.