In winter, Greenland is dark for months and this year the first, brief sunrise was expected on January 13. Instead, the sun rose at 12:56 PM on January 11. The precise reason for this remains unknown. There is no apparent astronomical cause, as the constellations, the moon and the sun appear to be in their usual positions in relation to earth. One possibility is that the horizon has changed due to accelerated ice melt in Greenland. Unlike lower latitudes, Greenland has experienced an unusually warm winter, and the ice pack to the north may have contracted so much that the sun is appearing earlier than usual.

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