Understanding the Polar Night

The picture above shows how the noon (the day’s lightest moment) looks like on the far North of Norway, in December. I took this picture from the bus, during our one-day trip to the village of Bugoynes, situated on one of the Northernmost Norwegian fjords. 

The Arktikum Museum in Rovaniemi helps you understanding many important topics related to the lands and seas of Arctic. One of the most well-known and notable facts is that days and nights are either  very looong or short in the polar circles, during certain periods. This simple interactive installation is a perfect way to see how it happens.

Polar Day and Polar Night, Arktikum Museum

The Sun and the Earth. Months and Seasons. December 16, the day when we were there.

Arktikum Museum. Rovaniemi

You can turn the globe to whatever season you want and rotate it the way you want.

The globe seen in detail - you can notice that the North Pole remains in darkness at whatever position you rotate it.

The globe seen in detail – you can notice that the North Pole remains in darkness at whatever position you rotate it.

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