Rjukan illuminated by mirrors harnessing the sunlight

Photo: Meek, Tore/AFP/Getty Images

Manipulating the sun

People gather on a patch of sunshine just outside the town hall in Rjukan, Telemark, Norway on Oct. 18.

Rjukan receives very little sunlight between September and March because it's nestled at the bottom of a valley in the shadow of steep mountains. To give its residents a few more hours of daylight, the city erected three giant mirrors on an adjacent mountainside to reflect the sun's glare back into the city's shaded market square.

Using solar power, the high-tech mirrors are designed to follow the sun's movements across the sky.

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Rjukan illuminated by mirrors harnessing the sunlight

Photo: Meek, Tore/AFP/Getty Images

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Rjukan illuminated by mirrors harnessing the sunlight

Photo: Meek, Tore/AFP/Getty Images

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