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
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)

(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."



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viva_yo
Oct 30, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
The midnight sun of summer must be glorious after 6 months in the dark, I visited Scotland once during the Christmas holidays when the sun doesn't rise until 9AM & it sets at 3 PM. I found it depressing, especially with the rain. It was possible at times to see the Aurora Borealis at times though, from N. Scotland.
Xavier_Thyme
Oct 30, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Generations of local kids will grow up thinking the sun's shadows point southward - that's good for an Aussie, but confusing for someone in the Northern Hemisphere.