Having read through this thread I noticed a couple of things I'd like to comment on in regards to this event.
First, It is news and it's sad that the mainstream new services don't even find it noteworthy. One of the primary reasons is probably because this
thing was not sighted by a professional astronomer or journalist. The next reason is for the lack of evidence.
From what I can discern, it is mostly on the word of a few farmers that were awakened at night by it.
These sorts of meteors impact the earth all the time and rarely get noticed in the press because they were witnessed only by uneducated farmers,
herdsman and such. Then there is little follow up to the event because of the source of the reports. Another common report that can be misleading is
that the farmers report that it passed just over the trees and just behind that hill...leading us to believe that it landed nearby. Oftentimes, these
things fly burning 10-20 miles overhead so hot that the farmers can actually feel the heat radiating from them. They sometimes skip out of the
earth's atmosphere, sometimes explode in the upper atmosphere, and sometimes land hundreds of miles away.
I think the the possibility of people in Norway actually finding a meteor fragment from this is small though not impossible. I hope they do
There was speculation that this could be from Comet 73P fragments....from the description of the time, location and trajectory of this, I would have
to say that there is almost no chance of that. At 2:00 in the morning in Norway, a comet fragment most likely would have been travelling South or
SouthEast rather than the North that this was travelling.
Then there was another person who thinks that astronomers and radar technicians detect every meteor that enters the earths atmosphere or even comes
near....that is seriously overestimating the capabilities of scientists today. Such a person would also think that big brother is watching him/her
when they are nude sunbathing in their back yard. Though such a thing is possible, there simply aren't enough cameras up in space of that quality to
spend a moment of time doing such a thing. There are a limited number satellites and technology devoted to the search for meteors.
The odds are that anything smaller than 50 meters diameter will impact the earth before anyone would detect it and have time to warn anyone.
One last thing...there was a person who thought that a meteor visible for more than a second or two was ridiculous....it is not. There are plenty of
video clip available for viewing of such things at:
Though they are in the UFO section of that website, many of the videos are of meteors, fireballs and such. Some really fun viewing