Norway town winter sun sightings just increased quite a bit. The Norwegian town of Rjukan doesn't see the sun during the winter months, putting it in darkness for nearly six months out of the year. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 30), that all changed recently.
As seen in the photo above, Rjukan is tucked into a valley between two tall mountains, keeping natural light from getting down to them in the colder months of the year. It's a hardship that the people there have to accept over the years, but a big effort was made to fix that problem.
Three 183-square-foot (17-square-meter) mirrors were placed on a mountain above the valley to reflect light down during the day. The strategy worked, as a noticeable difference could be seen. It isn't as though Rjukan is in the direct path of the rays, but at least it is something that the people living there can enjoy.
Living through the winter sun in this Norway town just got a bit easier thanks to some innovative thinking. The illumination of Rjukan has also increased the level of warmth in the valley, likely making it much easier to get through those tough months of darkness.
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