Rumbling Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Norway

An “unusually large” meteor has briefly illuminated the night sky over southern Norway on Sunday, before apparently crashing down near the capital Oslo.

Steinar Midtskogen, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Meteor Network, said that the meteor “lit up the sky for a brief time as if broad daylight,” just after 1 a.m.

“A minute later or more a loud rumbling sound could be heard over a large area, perhaps up to 100 km (about 62 miles) away from where the meteor was seen straight overhead,” Midtskogen said in an email.

Authorities received no immediate news of injuries to people or damage to property. 

Midtskogen said that meteors over Norway are not uncommon and the network has a number of cameras continuously monitoring the sky for those objects.

The Norwegian Meteor Network has said that it was analyzing video footage and other data to try to pinpoint the meteor’s origin and destination.

The network said that preliminary data suggested a large wooded area, called Finnemarka, just 60 km west of Oslo as the likely place where the meteorite may have hit.

Midtskogen shared that the Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) confirmed the area and “recorded the airblast hitting the ground as a seismic event.” 

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