Norwegian impact?

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Jun 9, 2006


Was Norway hit by a meteorite yesterday? I'm not sure. It was reported by a Norwegian news site, which also posted the image from eyewitness Peter Bruvold shown above (note-- it's summer in Norway, so the sky is bright even at 2:00 a.m.).

He saw the fireball, then a few minutes later heard a loud explosion. This was also recorded on seismographs! It's possible the thing blew up high in the atmosphere; the shock wave would make seismographs twitch. Or it might have hit the ground (which is what the article claims). Or it might be unrelated to the meteorite, but that seems unlikely at this point.

The news report is a little sketchy. I've dealt with things like this before, and most of the time they turn out to be false alarms, but this one looks to be more lucid and more likely than most. Astronomers in Norway are looking into it, and I expect they'll mount an expedition right away to look for any meteorites.

I'll post more when I hear more.'

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