Arctic darkness and North Pole sunrise

Sunrise at North Pole

It’s fall, and the sun is rising later and setting earlier. But for most of us, we will continue to see daylight every day.

Darkness, however, dominates fall and winter at the North Pole, where the sun does not rise between late September and mid-March throughout most of the Arctic circle. What little sun the North does see is very distant. However, when the moon sets, it still looks larger along the horizon just like it does any where else in the world at any other time. The resulting effect – as seen in this image of an Arctic sunrise – makes the moon look much larger than the sun when the two come near each other. It’s also possible that this image was shot during a lunar perigee (when the moon looks about 12-14% larger than usual). Either way, it’s still a phenomenon I would love to see.