Falling Rock Zone

Large meteorite hits northern Norway:

A large meteorite struck in northern Norway this week, landing with an impact an astronomer compared to the atomic bomb used at Hiroshima.

The meteorite appeared as a ball of fire just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, visible across several hundred miles in the sunlit summer sky above the Arctic Circle, Aftenposten reported.

My favorite bit of the (very short) story is this living-in-the-future moment, though:

Peter Bruvold, a farmer, said he happened to be out in the fields with a camera because he was tending a foaling mare and he photographed the fireball.

Not only do shepherds watch their flocks by night, it appears they now take pictures of them as well.

(Via Matt McIrvin and James Nicoll, my go-to sources for stuff from outside the atmosphere.)


  1. #1 Alejandro Rivero
    June 10, 2006

    Night? At 2 a.m June the 10th?

  2. #2 ericnh
    June 11, 2006

    The BA points out that at this time of year, it would still be light outside in Norway at 2 a.m.

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