Telescopes stolen from observatory

Thieves set their sights on Norway’s venerable Solobservatoriet north of Oslo this week, stealing several large and heavy telescopes worth around NOK 100,000. The old but popular observatory is accessible only via lengthy forest roads, making the thieves’ getaway risky but apparently successful. The culprits broke into the observatory, located in the hills of Hadeland […]

Super lunar eclipse rewarded determined observers

Norwegians who stayed up very late Sunday or woke up very early on Monday were rewarded with what astronomers were calling a “super lunar eclipse” during the night. The brilliant full moon from the evening before was completely overshadowed by the earth. The viewing was particularly good in Norway and for observers, the moon all […]

Another meteorite hit Oslo home

Just as Norwegians were gearing up for their smashing performance in the Winter Olympics, another meteorite was found to have smashed into a house in Oslo’s Korsvoll district. The sensational event seemed to get lost amidst all the Olympic hype. Newspaper Dagbladet picked up the story, though, 12 days after the meteorite was discovered by […]

Geologist believed to have found large meteorite

Terje Fjeldheim, a geologist who acknowledges that he “knows a bit about rocks,” was out fishing in the mountains of Setesdal, southern Norway, when he stumbled upon what’s believed to be a meteorite weighing four-and-a-half kilos. That would make it the largest meteorite found in Norway in the last 100 years. “It was so different […]

Sparks fly over ‘missing’ meteorite

The Natural History Museum in Oslo put out a call this week for what its curator feared was a missing meteorite that hadn’t been seen since its publicized landing in the Norwegian capital earlier this year. The museum’s mystery was quickly solved when the meteorite was found in the hands of the country’s most high-profile […]

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 […]

Meteorite smashed through Oslo roof

The owners of a small cabin in an urban holiday garden called a kolonihage in Oslo got quite a surprise when they visited the cabin for the first time in a long time over the weekend. First they discovered a hole in the cabin’s roof, and then what looked like a stone nearby. It turned out […]

Norway’s Mister Universe

As an astrophysicist, Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard might be expected to have trouble communicating his complicated world to the layman. Not so. Ødegaard has been called Norway’s best communicator, and he certainly ranks as among its most enthusiastic. It was no surprise that dozens of people were already waiting in front of the University of […]

Lunar eclipse put on quite a show

It seemed to get off to a slow start, but when Wednesday night’s lunar eclipse finally became visible over Oslo, it turned into a roughly 90-minute show that was unique in the light summer skies. Casual observers first spotted a sliver of the moon here over the new office buildings at Tjuvholmen on Oslo’s waterfront. […]

Astronomers gear for lunar eclipse

A full lunar eclipse was due to be visible over all of southern and central Norway Wednesday night, provided the clouds stay away and it stops raining. State meteorologists said prospects were good, despite the torrential rains of recent days. Astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told news bureau NTB that the lunar eclipse will start […]