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For the Curious

The following information is provided for Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska (longitude W149.9, latitude N61.2):
30 May 2010 Alaska Daylight Time

End civil twilight 12:52 a.m.
Begin civil twilight 3:01 a.m.
Sunrise 4:39 a.m.
Sun transit 1:57 p.m.
Sunset 11:17 p.m.
End civil twilight 12:57 a.m. on following day

Moonset 5:29 a.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 1:35 a.m.
Moon transit 4:07 a.m.
Moonset 6:47 a.m.
Moonrise 1:52 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 30 May: waning gibbous with 92% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
That's all very confusing.
May. 31st, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
What its basically saying is "Welcome to nightly twilight, with no dark."
May. 31st, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
That's pretty cool. I mean, I know it would get really annoying, but since I don't have to live in it - it's pretty cool :P

I was in Anchorage in early July a few years ago, and it was really creepy going to bed at like, 11pm with the birds still singing outside.

Does that mean during winter it goes through a phase where it doesn't really get light?
May. 31st, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Whats really strange, and still hits me even after 15 years here, is in June/July when you are out and about at 1am and the twilight is coming from the NORTH. Its just weird, sunlight shouldn't be coming from that direction.

Naa. The worst it gets in December here in Anch the sun is rising at 1030 and setting about 330(with a fair bit of morning twilight due to the chugach mountains). If you're inside and can't take the time to get outside during the day at all it can get a bit oppressive, but thats about it. Its going to be interesting come this winter to see how things are at my new job...its up near Fairbanks and a lot closer to the Arctic Circle.
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May. 31st, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Too far south for 24 hours of actual daylight, but we're into the "It never gets dark, just sunset/twilight/sunrise" stage now.
May. 31st, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the 3 years we lived in Alaska for this reason. Even as a little kid you it was amazing to never see the sun set (bed time before 10)
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