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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Another meteorite found in Oslo

A woman out walking her dog on the large grassy hilltop plateau known as Ekebergsletta in Oslo found the second meteorite in as many days in Norway’s capital on Tuesday. She said it was better that winning the local lottery.

“I laid awake several hours last night and thought about how lucky I was,” Liv Kibsgaard told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Wednesday. Her brother, who is a geologist, advised her to be careful with the meteorite, wrap it up “and don’t tell anyone right away.”

Kibsgaard’s discovery of a 700-gram meteorite lying on the grass at Ekeberg followed the discovery of a 585-gram meteorite on Sunday that had crashed through the roof of a cabin in Oslo’s Rodeløkka district. Astrophysicist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard had predicted on Monday that more meteorites could likely be found as well, and he’s been proven correct.

“There are still probably more pieces lying around waiting to be found, because we can see on these stones that pieces have fallen off as they traveled through the atmosphere,” Ødegaard said. “It’s just to keep your eyes open. Now there are stones from outer space in Oslo and Akershus.”

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