midnight sun

noun

Definition of midnight sun

: the sun above the horizon at midnight in the arctic or antarctic summer

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And there’s a lot to do and see in the land of the midnight sun, especially in Helsinki. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is 2019’s Happiest Country in the World," 25 Mar. 2019 Over the aeons its obliquity can get as high as 60º—a situation in which inhabitants, if there were any, would experience the midnight sun far into the tropics, producing intolerably hot hyper-seasons. The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018 Tales of individuals’ gumption — trekking the tundra, fighting off bears, starting fires to stay warm — are as much a part of Alaska’s culture as the midnight sun or the North Star on the state flag. Kirk Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Car Stolen in Anchorage? Enter Floyd the Thief Chaser," 13 Apr. 2018 Tales of individuals’ gumption — trekking the tundra, fighting off bears, starting fires to stay warm — are as much a part of Alaska’s culture as the midnight sun or the North Star on the state flag. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Car Stolen in Alaska? It Could Be Your Neighbor Chasing the Thief," 13 Apr. 2018 Thousands and thousands of kittiwakes, puffins, Arctic terns and more transform Grímsey into a bird nursery bustling under the constant light of the midnight Sun. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian, "Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny," 17 Jan. 2017 The perpetual daylight in this land of the midnight sun left me sleep deprived. Andrew W. Lehren, New York Times, "How I Helped a Blind Marathoner Reach the Podium, Above the Arctic Circle," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of midnight sun

1787, in the meaning defined above

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