Goodbye sunshine! Canada's arctic communities just saw the last sunset of the decade. Places without sun in Canada in the winter are now saying goodbye to the bright days until 2020. So if you're complaining about the sun setting early, at least the sun rises again the next morning. 

Many of Canada's northernmost communities will now be in darkness until next year. Every year, communities north of the arctic circle in Canada and other northern countries descend into darkness because of how the Earth turns on its axis.

All three territories have parts that are within the arctic circle and communities in those areas will go months without seeing the sunrise.

"Parts of northern Canada will now be sun-starved for the foreseeable future," according to The Weather Network.

In Nunavut, Eureka and Grise Fiord lost the light at the end of October and saw the last sunset of the year and of the decade.

Also in Nunavut, Pond Inlet's last sunset was November 13 when the sun dipped below the horizon.

People there will have to wait until the new year to see daylight again. 

The closer to the North Pole you get, the less sun there is the further along into the year it is. 

According to the University of Guelph, from October 21 to February 21, there is no sunshine at the North Pole which works out to about 163 days of 24-hour darkness. But in the middle of the arctic circle, the darkness doesn't last that long with only about 94 days of total darkness.

"Day length varies with the time of year and the latitude at which you are situated. Because of the Earth's tilt, areas above the Arctic Circle receive 24 hours of sunlight each summer, but 24 hours of darkness each winter," the university stated.

So all-day darkness in the winter is the trade-off for sunshine all day long in the summer.

Thanks to the Earth's tilt and the fact that this is the last year in the 2010s, Canada's northernmost communities will have to wait until the next decade to see our nearest star rise again.

Eureka, Canada's coldest settlement and the second northernmost permanent research community in the country, won't see the star fully rise again until February 20, 2020. 

That's three months without the sun coming up above the horizon.

Grise Fiord will get to see sunlight a little earlier than Eureka on February 10, 2020, and Pond Inlet, on January 29, 2020.

If the sun rises again every morning wherever you are in Canada be sure to count your lucky stars that you don't have to live in darkness for a couple of months of the year.


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