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First time submitter Mastiff in Norway writes "Famous (in Norway) Norwegian astrophycisist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard is ecstatic after a meteorite was found in an urban cottage in Oslo this weekend. This is the 14th meteorite that's been found in Norway, and only the second that crashed through a roof. It is not certain when the crash happened, since the cottage hasn't been used all winter, but on the 1st of March a big ball of fire was observed over the southern parts of Norway, and it is thought that this may be one of the pieces from that entry into the atmosphere. Maybe it's time to replace those tin foil hats with helmets?"
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Meteorite Crashes Through Cottage In Oslo

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  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:22AM (#39325787)

    if it was his cottage that the meteorite had crashed through.

    Also, names in l33t sp34k are sooo 90s...

    • by dinfinity (2300094) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:24AM (#39325791)
      Well, the damage wasn't too bad actually. Pics: http://www.vg.no/bildespesial/spesial.php?id=8728 [www.vg.no]
      • by Anonymous Coward

        It's not bad at all.
        I was expecting the smoldering remains of a once beautiful cottage. I didn't think a roof from what appears to be a mostly wooden house would stop a piece of rock hurled at it at enormous speeds.

        • by trongey (21550) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:40AM (#39325929) Homepage

          ... I didn't think a roof from what appears to be a mostly wooden house would stop a piece of rock hurled at it at enormous speeds.

          It's good Norwegian wood. I think some guy made a few dollars singing about it.

          • by Pope (17780)

            It does tend to burn rather well.

          • It's good Norwegian wood. I think some guy made a few dollars singing about it.

            Jeez, all these years I thought that guy was singing about an encounter with a Norwegian transvestite...

            I once had a girl
            Or should I say she once had me
            She showed me her room
            Isn't it good Norwegian wood?
            She asked me to stay
            And she told me to sit anywhere
            So I looked around
            And I noticed there wasn't a chair

          • ONLY the second? (Score:4, Informative)

            by beh (4759) * on Monday March 12, 2012 @12:23PM (#39327083)

            "This is the 14th meteorite that's been found in Norway, and only the second that crashed through a roof. "

            Who wrote this?

            Have you got any idea how "densely" populated Norway is?

            Sure, people won't be monitoring all of the countryside for meteorite impacts; but even then, I'm sure they get to see easily more than 7* the roof space area in non-roofed area during their day-to-day activities.

            So, among 14 meteorites, 1/7th has hit a house...?

            How many meteorites does the country get???

            • by Latent Heat (558884) on Monday March 12, 2012 @12:37PM (#39327317)
              I always thought that owning a second place that you kept closed up for winter was a pain -- squatters, nosy neighbors, raccoon and squirrel damage, local meth addicts looking to take your stuff, trees falling down, water pipes freezing and bursting. And now this, meteorites! There is no end to the trouble!
              • by RockDoctor (15477)
                You obviously don't live in Norway.
                • Due to being a communist totalitarian state (or slightly socialist to non-Americans), squatters aren't a problem ;
                • due to not being massively overpopulated, nosy neighbours aren't a problem (for your summer house) ; raccoons are SEPs (Someone Else's Problem) ;
                • squirrels are too busy nut-hunting ;
                • math addicts get their longitude right ;
                • trees ... well, if you're silly enough to build your house too close to trees, what do you expect? ;
                • water pipes don't freeze if you do y
            • by dryeo (100693)

              I think they mean the second meteorite that has been known to hit a roof worldwide. The other one hit a woman after going through the roof and bouncing off a radio causing a nasty bruise.
              http://www.michaelbloodmeteorites.com/SylacaugaHulittHodgesW.jpg [michaelblo...orites.com]
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hodges_meteorite [wikipedia.org]

            • by ErikZ (55491) *

              14

            • by rHBa (976986)
              I think they mean "This is the 14th meteorite that's been found in Norway".

              Norway could be hit by 1,000 meteorites/day, doesn't mean you'll find any of them.
        • by Goaway (82658)

          Once a fragment that small reaches the ground, it's no longer travelling at enormous speeds. The fireball is caused when the meteorite sheds most of its velocity and the energy is turned into heat. Any surviving parts will be falling at terminal velocity, which is uncomfortably high for a piece of rock, but not enormous.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        That's awesomely bizarre. Maybe they'll just repair the damage themselves, but I'd love to hear the call to the insurance company for that one. "You're asking about your coverage for WHAT?"

        The broken surface of the meteorite nicely shows the fusion crust and what looks like an interesting brecciated interior.

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Farmers' insurance company in the US has an ad campaign running currently where they specifically brag that they cover damage due to random objects falling from space. Probably more common that you'd think, due to the rarity of these events ever actually occurring.

          • I would have thought it terribly uncommon. But if Insurance companies have ad campaigns about it, I'm positive it's even less common than I thought. Isn't the whole point of insurance to sell you flood damage in the desert, fire damage in the swamp?
          • by Deus.1.01 (946808)

            Meteor insurance?

            This...insurance company...its not based in Bayonne by any chance is it?

            http://www.piranhaclub.it/img/sid_enos.gif [piranhaclub.it]

        • by heypete (60671)

          My renters insurance from when I lived in the US (provided by USAA) coverd damage to insured property due to falling aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and/or objects falling from space on the condition that the object pass through the ceiling, wall, or window prior to it striking and damaging the insured property (i.e. I can't file a claim for a meteor damaging my computer if there's not a hole in the ceiling from the meteor passing through it.).

          Fortunately, I never had to use it. /it always seemed odd that

          • by mbone (558574)

            Fortunately, I never had to use it. /it always seemed odd that anything involving radiation (e.g. ranging from radioactive contamination all the way up to a full-out nuclear explosion) was completely exempted from the policy. I presume that a nuclear explosion would be catastrophic to insurers (not to mention residents) covering that region which is why the exclude it (same thing with floods), but still...

            They don't have to - you are covered by the 1957 Price-Anderson Act [nrc.gov] :

            Claims resulting from nuclear accidents are covered under Price-Anderson; for that reason, all property and liability insurance policies issued in the U.S. exclude nuclear accidents.”

    • by Fishead (658061)

      I'm jealous. That'd be so much easier and cooler than finishing my renovations and selling my house. My insurance policy says I'm covered for "acts of God". As long as nobody's hurt of course.

      • by vlm (69642) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:34AM (#39325867)

        My insurance policy says I'm covered for "acts of God".

        Not to completely hijack the thread, but I've always wondered how that kind of clause works out with atheists or more generally speaking people of non-evangelical christian religions.

        • by mbone (558574) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:43AM (#39325963)

          The same. In law, at least, it's not a religious concept; in some jurisdictions it is called "force majeure [wikipedia.org]."

          IANAL, but these terms basically all seem to mean the same thing, events beyond your control. A war or even a strike can also qualify.

          • by Anonymous Coward

            My housing insurance did not cover war-like acts. It also said that, "A nuclear detonation of any kind will be considered a war-like act, even if conducted during peace time."

            Very nice.

            Although it doesn't really matter -- I would have bigger things to worry about than housing insurance in that case.

            • by tnk1 (899206) on Monday March 12, 2012 @11:41AM (#39326547)

              Well at least your refrigerator would survive, so there is that.

            • by vlm (69642)

              Although it doesn't really matter -- I would have bigger things to worry about than housing insurance in that case.

              Strong disagree... I live 1000s of miles downwind of LA. No direct biological effect on me or mine if "they" pop the port of LA with something inside a shipping container, but its basically a dirty bomb attack on me for resale value, or maybe govt certified verified licensed decon, etc.

              There's a uniquely American fixation that any nuclear attack means the fireball must be directly over their head because the world revolves around them. More likely it'll happen 2000 miles away.

            • by mbone (558574)

              My housing insurance ... said that, "A nuclear detonation of any kind will be considered a war-like act, even if conducted during peace time."

              Oddly, the US Government has pretty much the same opinion, at least if it is on US territory.

          • by Namlak (850746)

            The same. In law, at least, it's not a religious concept; in some jurisdictions it is called "force majeure [wikipedia.org]."

            IANAL, but these terms basically all seem to mean the same thing, events beyond your control.

            So this "act of God" concept actually works to the benefit of the atheists. The religious can have their claim denied because they failed to pray that they would be spared the incident or failed to achieve a sufficient degree of piety to influence their deity. The atheists would have no such control, and thus, liability.

            Tricky, those insurance lawyers!

        • by mcgrew (92797) * on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:49AM (#39326009) Homepage Journal

          Not to completely hijack the thread, but I've always wondered how that kind of clause works out with atheists or more generally speaking people of non-evangelical christian religions.

          Athiest: "My house got blown away by a tornado, but I'm not collecting the insurance money because there are no gods!" Um, I doubt that will happen.

          My question is, what of people who worship money? Would being swindled be an act of god?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Force majeure is a term not often heard, but it is present in many contracts. Basically if something gets to big and unforeseen, most insurance companies does not give coverage. This instance in the article would be too small. But, if a larger thing were to happen, then this clause would come into effect. You should re-read your contract and look for this phrase. I strongly suspect you'll find it in most insurance-contracts. Of course the salesmen will say otherwise in oral terms, but that is only because t

    • by mbone (558574)

      if it was his cottage that the meteorite had crashed through.

      Given what some falls sell for, he might be anyway, as he might make a tidy profit.

    • by jones_supa (887896) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:41AM (#39325951)

      Also, names in l33t sp34k are sooo 90s...

      In this case there is a reason for it. You see, if your profession is astronomy in Norway, it is customary to replace all the O's in your name with Ø so they look like planets with orbits.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        He's a real fun guy. He is very enthisiastic about astronomy, and do a lot of public happenings when there are major astronomical events. Also ver supportive about anything that promotes astronomy and science.

        Trust me, my name also contains Ø. It's pronounced uh like in duh.

      • by Dan East (318230)

        In this case there is a reason for it. You see, if your profession is astronomy in Norway, it is customary to replace all the O's in your name with Ø so they look like planets with orbits.

        Norwegian Nuclear Physicists do the same thing, although the astronomers claim they came up with the idea first. Considering that astronomy is the older profession of the two, they may indeed have prior art.

      • by dotancohen (1015143) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:58AM (#39326117) Homepage

        In this case there is a reason for it. You see, if your profession is astronomy in Norway, it is customary to replace all the O's in your name with Ø so they look like planets with orbits.

        I think that this guy bit my sister once.

        • by fifedrum (611338)

          thank you. I came to this thread expecting a moose bit my sister joke and it wasn't until your post, almost 1/2 way down the page, until it struck.

          good jorb.

    • Also, names in l33t sp34k are sooo 90s...

      Knut time-travelled here from the 90s you insensitive clod!

    • Are we sure it didn't?

      Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard

      *Something* cracked all the o letters in his name!

    • by delt0r (999393)
      I does happen [teara.govt.nz] and can be not so serious. I know these people however and they where a little freaked out about it.
    • Actually, meteorites are worth a rather lot of money. Meteorites with "provenance" -- ones that did things like crash through the roof of a cottage at a known place and time -- are often the most valuable. Insurance will likely fix the cottage, and the owner might make anywhere from $1 to $1000 per gram from the meteorite itself, sold at auction -- the higher end if it is an attractive or rare type. A rare/beautiful meteorite with unusual provenance and no weathering is more valuable than gold. Even an
    • I do like how it only went through the overhang on the house and not into the house. But in customary fashion I shall ignore that I read the article and make outlandish comments based on nothing.

      ....I heard it took out the entire kitchen and after it made its impact a new life form emerged and burrowed into their mattresses.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      if it was his cottage that the meteorite had crashed through.

      Also, names in l33t sp34k are sooo 90s...

      His thrill factor would be off the charts if it had. I'd welcome one to crash through my roof! What's with you? Afraid of a little meteor shower now and then?

  • Pics or it didn't happen.
  • at last something 2012ish more serious than continents suddently moving thousand of kilometers because earth core getting microwaved
  • Seriously, anyone here who lives in Norway (especially Oslo) should look for meteorites in their yards, on their roofs, etc. It is very common for meteors to break up as they reenter, and so it is very common, having found one large meteorite in an area, to find others nearby.

  • by rossjudson (97786) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:40AM (#39325923) Homepage

    It's the only rational explanation.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Oh I don't know, Norway now has a little piece of heaven on earth. 14 pieces apparently.

    • Norwegians hate God back.

      (Highest number of atheist and non-religious in Europe, plus we burn churches for sport)
      • by rossjudson (97786)

        It gets even funnier if you misread "It is not certain why the crash happened, since the cottage hasn't been used all winter".

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Internet atheists would do well to remember that we also have a STATE CHURCH and not only is there no separation of religion and government, offices in the STATE CHURCH are (in theory) appointed by the king.

        We just don't go ape over religious issues like some other countries I know.

    • Albert said God doesn't roll dice, but apparently he does throw stones.

  • Maybe we are seeing more meteorites due to the thinning of the ozone layer, or thinning of the whole atmosphere! Forget the tinfoil hats and helmets, get your space suits on!
    • by canajin56 (660655)
      Since the "thinning" of the ozone layer is caused by ozone being reacted away, not by the stratosphere being annihilated, it would have 0 effect on the actual thickness of the actual atmosphere. Probably the uptick isn't in meteorite impacts, but meteorite impacts that get reported in the international news.
    • Who says you need to choose between them anyways? Covey your helmet with aluminum HVAC tape, have the best of both worlds.

  • "Look, good against cottages is one thing. Good against the living with a tin foil hat? That's something else."

  • That is so cool, I glanced at the pics, wondering did the rock bury itself deep in the cottage? Or maybe its speed reduced to a rate equivalent as if tossed from a high rise?

    OK, so when will someone post a Bruce Willis reference or a car analogy?

    • Re:fascinating (Score:4, Informative)

      by BattleApple (956701) on Monday March 12, 2012 @11:56AM (#39326711)
      The average velocity of meteoroids entering our atmosphere is 10-70 km/second. The smaller ones that survive the trip to the Earth's surface are quickly slowed by atmospheric friction to speeds of a few hundred kilometers per hour, and so hit the Earth with no more speed than if they had been dropped from a tall building. For meteorites larger than a few hundred tons (which fortunately are quite rare), atmospheric friction has little effect on the velocity and they hit the Earth with the enormous speeds characteristic of their entry into our atmosphere.

      source: http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/meteors/impacts.html [utk.edu]
  • Hodges Meteorite (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jonathunder (105885) on Monday March 12, 2012 @10:56AM (#39326099) Homepage
    The 1954 Hodges Meteorite, which crashed into a house in Alabama, is the only one in recorded history to have actually hit a person. She survived, suffering only a bad bruising.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylacauga_(meteorite) [wikipedia.org]
  • So it landed, bounced, and then crashed through the cottage?

    Or was it just a meteor like most? :-P :-P :-P :-P

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It became a meteorite the instant it touched the cottage roof.
      Then it crashed through.

    • Re:Meteorite? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by canajin56 (660655) on Monday March 12, 2012 @11:49AM (#39326625)
      It is a meteorite now, and anything it did in the past is something it did, regardless of its technical state at the time. It's allowable to use something's/someone's current state/title/etc when referring to it's past. So when talking about a serving Senator's past actions in the private sector, it's not inaccurate to say "Ten years ago, the Senator blah blah blah" even though you are describing something that happened when they were NOT a Senator yet. And, a police officer giving testimony in court can say "Witnesses report that the deceased was seen driving away from his home at 7:35PM" without implying that a corpse was driving!
  • So, do they now own the meteorite (how cool!), and how much is something like that worth?

    • by mbone (558574)

      Depends a lot on the type. If it is shown this one is from Mars, for example, it's worth a lot.

  • by jtownatpunk.net (245670) on Monday March 12, 2012 @12:00PM (#39326771)

    I guess Thor caught his flight to Oslo.

  • I have always wondered how you can know if a certain rock is from outer space? I mean how can you be certain that this specific rock was a meteorite. I understand that meteorites are composed of different material from the rocks in the area, but how do you know it is from outer space and not from a volcano on earth for example?

    • by mbone (558574)

      This rock has a fusion crust - i.e., it went through re-entry. That is a dead give-away that it is real. It doesn't happen otherwise in nature, and it would not be easy to hoax.

      The way to be even more sure is through isotope analysis - meteorites have different isotope ratios than do any terrestrial material. That never happens in nature, and would be damn near impossible to hoax.

  • did thor or odin come to visit?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    That should read "_World famous_ (in Norway)..."

    Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaards _default_ state is ecstatic so this isn't really news.

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