Norway town sees winter sun for 1st time

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A crowd forms in the centre bathing in sunlight for the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Terje Bendiksby)

A crowd forms in the centre bathing in sunlight for the official opening of giant sun mirrors in the town of Rjukan, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Terje Bendiksby)

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Residents of the small Norwegian town of Rjukan have finally seen the light.

Tucked in between steep mountains, the town is normally shrouded in shadow for almost six months a year.

But on Wednesday faint rays from the winter sun for the first time reached the market square thanks to three 183-square-foot mirrors placed on a mountain.

Cheering families, some on sun loungers, drinking cocktails and waving Norwegian flags, donned shades as the sun crept from behind a cloud to hit the mirrors and reflect down onto the faces of delighted children below.

The plan to illuminate Rjukan was cooked up 100 years ago by the Norwegian industrialist Sam Eyde, who built the town to provide workers for a hydroelectric plant.

 

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