Update: Norwegian meteorite

Update: Norwegian meteorite

Update: Norwegian meteorite

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Aug. 22 2006 10:04 AM

Update: Norwegian meteorite

This is a little bit complicated. A couple of months ago, a big, bright meteor was reported in Norway. There was some confusion over whether an actual meteorite was recovered, that is, the rock that hit the ground after the air show. It doesn't look like it ever was.

Then, a couple of weeks later, another bright meteor was seen (remember, the "meteor" is the streak of light from a "meteoroid" passing through our atmosphere, and if it hits the ground it becomes a "meteorite"). This one may have left a calling card: a meteorite was found that had punched through the roof of a warehouse. There is a picture at that link, and while it's impossible to know for sure if the rock is authentic or not just by looking at it, it does indeed look like it could be the real thing. It's rare to get a meteorite from a witnessed fall, so this is a pretty cool thing to have happen.

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