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Shooting Star Lights up Sky above East Iceland

People in Hallormsstaður and Jökuldalur in East Iceland witnessed how the sky suddenly lit up with a bluish light yesterday evening. Astronomer Gunnlaugur Björnsson at the University of Iceland believes that this was likely the case of a large meteorite.

“When we were driving below Hafursá the whole sky above Hallormsstaðarháls lit up,” reports Hallormsstaður resident Þórunn Hálfdánardóttir to Austurfrétt. “It was a bluish light, so bright that it looked similar to a lightning but we couldn’t see the origin of the light.”

According to the Icelandic Met Office, it’s almost impossible that lightning occurred in that location at that time. Þórunn said the celestial phenomenon is similar to a meteorite she witnessed falling in almost the exact same place 20 years ago.

“We’re evaluating what it could have been and would be pleased to receive more information and hear from other eyewitnesses, not just in East Iceland, but from all of Iceland,” said Gunnlaugur. His university email address is gulli(at)

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