Meteor lights up the night in Norway


The meteor “lit up the sky for a short time as if it were broad daylight,” just after 1 a.m., Steinar Midtskogen, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Meteor Network, told CNN.

“A minute later or more, a loud rumbling noise could be heard over a large area, perhaps up to 100 km (about 62 miles) away from where the meteor was seen directly overhead,” Midtskogen said in an email.
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Some people near the meteor’s path reported feeling a shock wave, Midtskogen said.

“Doors and shutters were blown open and there were gusts of wind. However, no damage has been reported,” Midtskogen said.

Meteors over Norway are not uncommon, and according to Midtskogen, the network has a number of cameras that continuously monitor the sky.

A preliminary analysis of videos from the cameras shows the meteor fell in Lier, about 25 kilometers west of Oslo, he said.

The Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) confirmed the area and “recorded the air blast hitting the ground as a seismic event,” Midtskogen said.

Now they are looking for meteorites — parts of the meteor — on the ground.

“We’re not sure how big the meteor is yet. It could be a stone weighing several hundred pounds, but we expect only a small part of this body to have reached the ground,” Midtskogen said.

“Our preliminary analysis suggests that it entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 15 km/s (9.3 miles per second) and broke up into a series of bright flashes between 35 and 25 km (22 and 15.5 miles). ) above the ground,” he wrote.

The analysis also suggests the meteor was not typical because “its orbit appears to be confined to the inner solar system,” and did not originate in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, he said.

“This would make meteorite recovery very valuable to science,” Midtskogen said.

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