Meteorite plummets through Norwegian roof

August 9, 2006

For the first time since 1969 a meteorite has reportedly struck a European roof.

The nearly 25-ounce meteorite landed on the roof of a warehouse in Moss, Norway, about 40 miles south of Oslo.

"It must have had incredible speed and force, and had made a hole in a steel plate in the roof," a warehouse spokesman told Aftenposten.

Norwegian Astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard said the incident is the first since 1969 in which a meteorite has gone through a roof anywhere in Europe.

The meteorite is a so-called carbon CO-meteorite. Previously only five falls of CO-meteorites have been observed on Earth, and the last one occurred in Russia in 1937, he told Afterposten.

On July 14 a huge fireball flared across the sky in the southeast part of eastern Norway. The Norgesgruppen meteorite is believe part of the object that broke up over eastern Norway.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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