Alaska City Awaits Sunrise in 2004

From Associated Press

The sun has set on America's northernmost city and won't be seen again for two months.

The sun rose at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday and set one hour and 18 minutes later at 1:51 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Barrow. After that, the sun will not rise again until Jan. 23.

"I'm sad to see the sun go, and I look forward to its return next year. It will be great to have it with us again as we move toward spring," said Marie Adams-Carroll, who has lived in Barrow all her life.

To mark the occasion, Barrow was planning a "Goodbye to the Sun" two-mile fun run. The event, which was to begin at 12:15 p.m., was timed so participants could soak up the last few rays, weather permitting.

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