Hopes high for finding metorites

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There’s no lack of interest in hunting for the remains of a meteor that crashed down in the forests of Finnemarka in Lier, west of Oslo last weekend. At least one hobby astronomer, though, doesn’t think there’s much hope of finding any.

“They’re driven by enthusiasm which makes them avoid the facts,” Bjørn Sørheim told state broadcaster NRK, referring to the meteorite hunters and even members of a local Red Cross chapter who are keen to track them down. They disagree, reporting strong hopes that they’ll find large segments of the large meteor that was observed over much of Southern Norway late last Saturday night.

It’s the latest in a string of meteor sightings in recent years. Many residents reported seeing a spectacular streak of light followed by a strong rumbling noise. Meteorites are believed to have landed in Finnemarka, in a specific area of the forested hills above and west of Sylling.

Local newspaper Drammens Tidende reported that interest in the meteorites is so strong that the leader  of the Søndre Buskerud Red Cross Aid Corps expressed a willingness to take part in the search. “This is so big that it’s fun to join in,” Christian Hollie told the paper.

newsinenglish.no staff