1991: Life Shines Brighter Under Midnight Sun (Chicago Tribune)

By Storer H. Rowley
Chicago Tribune

Sunday, June 30, 1991

“There are strange things done in the midnight sun. . . .” – Robert Service

ARCTIC CIRCLE, Yukon – Across the Yukon, the storied Canadian setting of the last great gold rush, it is the season of perpetual light.

Here at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north latitude is the most southerly location where the sun never sets on the summer solstice, June 21.

Instead, it traces an elliptical orbit overhead. The length of time it circles varies, with high arctic communities getting no sunsets for weeks. Those closer to the circle get nighttime sunshine for only a few days on either side of that date.

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