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Residents of a remote Norwegian village are getting their first glimpse of winter sunlight, thanks to giant remote-controlled mirrors that reflect the sun’s rays.
Nestled deep in a valley between steep mountains, Rjukan is characterized by dark, sunless days between September and March. But now, three 183-square-foot mirrors placed in the mountains surrounding the small town reflect natural sunlight down onto the town square.
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At an inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, residents of Rjukan in sunglasses cheered, waved Norwegian flags, and even lounged in sun chairs in the 45-degree weather. Smiling kids had suns painted on their faces.
Prior to the mirrors’ arrival, those same residents had to a catch a gondola to grab a few rays in the dark winter months. The founder of the town, industrialist Sam Eyde, conceived of the cable car to take residents up the hill and into the sunlight… [Read more]
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