Rumbling meteor lights up Norway, prompting search for meteorites

A meteor of unusually large size briefly lit up the skies of southern Norway on Sunday. It created a stunning sound and light display and made a remarkable sound as it rumbled across space. Experts believe that a portion of it may have reached Earth. Reports of sightings began arriving around 1am. The phenomenon was also seen as far north and as far as Trondheim. There were no immediate reports that there had been any injuries or damage. Holmestrand, south Oslo, was home to a web camera that captured a fireball dropping from the sky, and then exploding into a bright flash that lit up an area marina. On Sunday, the Norwegian Meteor Network analysed video footage and other data to determine where and when meteors originated and ended up in Norway. The network stated that preliminary data suggests that a meteorite might have struck Earth in a large forest area called Finnemarka 60 km (40 mi) west of Oslo, the capital. Morten Bilet from the network, who witnessed and heard the meteorite, said that it was insane. Bilet stated that no debris was found by Sunday afternoon. Given the location's difficulty, it could take up to 10 years to search for meteorites. Bilet stated that the meteor traveled at 15km20km per seconds and lit up for five to six second. The summer sky was dark. Bilet stated that eyewitnesses reported feeling stronger winds blow because of the meteor's pressure wave. Last night, we saw a large rock traveling from Mars to Jupiter, which is our asteroids belt. It creates a rumble and light and great excitement amongst us [experts] as well as some fear amongst others when it whizzes by, Bilet stated. Bilet stated that there were no reports of any damage to the area or of people being scared. In 2013, a meteor exploded in central Russia, near Chelyabinsk. It rained fireballs across a large area and caused shockwaves that destroyed windows and buildings and left 1,200 people injured.