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Norwegian town brightens the winter with mirrors

October 25th, 2013
06:23 AM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

Imagine a world where your home, once shrouded in darkness, is lit by an artificial sun.

The view from the mountains of southern Norway, towering over six thousand feet, is spectacular – a must-see for hikers and skiers.

But for half the year, more than three thousand residents down below in the town of Rjukan are starved for sunlight, forced to take a cable car up the slopes just to catch some rays and vitamin D.

That is, until now.

Three giant mirrors have been installed on the mountainside, equipped with sensors that follow the sun, re-directing a beam of light down to the town square and creating an artificial glow to warm the long winter season.

The idea for the mirrors is 100 years old, but the technology that guides their movement didn't exist until now.

A similar project, which brought light to a village in northern Italy, inspired the effort.

In Norwegian folklore, the mountains are home to trolls who dwell in darkness and prey on people, but sunlight turns the trolls to stone.

In one Norwegian town, it also turns hopeful faces to the sky, where winter has finally lost its gloom.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Adebiyi John

    This is awesome. God created us and gave us the ability to create things. God bless the brain that thought this out. Wonders will continue to exist for as long as God exists.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
  2. Agwuja Emmanuel A.

    Life is what we make out of it Kudos to them who reason positively to bring good things to their society, God bless them.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  3. Nils J. Tvengsberg

    Gratulerer Rukan..fantastisk...Hilsen fra Cuernavaca, Mexico hvor vi har mer en 320 solfylte dager i året.

    October 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  4. pvbh40

    Fantastic idea, leave it up to the Norwegians to figure this out!!

    October 28, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  5. Rufus Reeta

    Nice one.

    October 29, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
  6. Georgekwayu

    So amazing dear!

    October 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  7. Arnelio Mallari

    God gaves us the ability to think and to perform the good things we thought is for the good of the people. God made the world because He sees that it is good. Let us always do the things that is good. The Norwegians just made the right choice because it is only for their own benefits. But what is amazing is that they are able to produce an atificial sunlight just to warm them up. Awesome ability, seriously.

    October 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply

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