In what is best described as a scene straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel, Norwegians saw a ball of fire light up the night sky, before making landfall in southern Norway on Thursday, shortly after 8:30 p.m., The Local reports.
“The fireball disintegrated almost like a New Year’s firework and pieces of it sprinkled down as it flickered out. The light from the fireball was so strong that it lit up the entire terrain,” astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard said in an email to AP.
Ødegaard and his wife Anne Mette Sanne, both seasoned meteorite hunters, told newspaper Aftenposten they had already received some 400 emails from others who had caught a glimpse of the object. From these, they were able to pinpoint the location of the crash site as Norefjell, a mountain range in southwest Norway, The Foreigner reports.
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