Mirrors Deliver Rarity to Norway Town: Sunshine

Residents of Rjukan get to bask, relatively speaking

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2013 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Next time you walk outside and take for granted that glowing orb in the sky above, think of the residents of Rjukan, Norway. They've had to resort to setting up gigantic mirrors on a mountain to direct sunshine toward the center of town. Today, residents celebrated the mirrors' official opening, reports AP. It might not be described as blindingly sunny in the town square, but it's a big improvement from the usual six months of sun-free living. "This feels warm," says a local. "It will be lovely to come out for an hour and feel this warmth on my face."

Three giant mirrors erected on the mountainside above the industrial town Rjukan, Norway, reflect sunshine toward the center of town.
Three giant mirrors erected on the mountainside above the industrial town Rjukan, Norway, reflect sunshine toward the center of town.   (AP Photo/Tore Meek, NTB Scanpix)
A crowd forms for the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday.
A crowd forms for the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Terje Bendiksby)
Youths play games after the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday.
Youths play games after the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Terje Bendiksby)
A crowd forms to see (and feel) the light in the town of Rjukan, Norway.
A crowd forms to see (and feel) the light in the town of Rjukan, Norway.   (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Terje Bendiksby)
Three giant mirrors erected on the mountainside above the industrial town Rjukan, Norway, reflect sunshine toward the town.
Three giant mirrors erected on the mountainside above the industrial town Rjukan, Norway, reflect sunshine toward the town.   (AP Photo/Tore Meek, NTB Scanpix)
People gather on a spot in front of the town hall of Rjukan, Norway.
People gather on a spot in front of the town hall of Rjukan, Norway.   (AP Photo/Tore Meek, NTB Scanpix)
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