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Sun returns to Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After a long, dark polar night, the sun finally returned to Longyearbyen, Svalbard today. According to our calculations, the sun had been away since 6 October at the old hospital staircase. Now the hospital is gone, but the stairs have been left standing to mark the spot where the inhabitants celebrate the annual return of the sun.

This is what the sun curve for today looks like for that particular spot:

Sun curve for Longyearbyen

Click on the picture to see the full sun stats. The picture shows the 360-degree horizon the way we’ve computed it, as well as the sun’s path throughout the day. As you can see, it barely shows over the mountains in two bursts just after noon.

Our unique method allows for such computations for virtually any location worldwide. Just go to our location finder, type an address and let us compute the horizon and the sun curves on the fly. One of the things we do is to compute the accurate sunrise and sunset times for each day of the year. It’s free, and it’s a very useful tool if you’re buying a house or a plot. Thanks in advance for sharing!