|A Booming Centennial
||[Jun. 30th, 2008|03:55 pm]
Tunguska Event, flattened an estimated 80 million trees. It may have resulted in the creation of Lake Cheko. We're still unsure of the exact cause, but it's generally believed to be the most significant meteor event witnessed by humans.It was exactly 100 years ago today that a meteorite or cometary fragment streaked through the sky above a remote forested region of Russia. The resultant explosion, known as the |
Ah yes, the a) meteor, b) comet, or c) exploding UFO event of 1908. What fun! If it had happened 50 years later it would have triggered WWIII.
I'd never thought about it like that but, yeah, a half century later and the event would've been perceived very differently!
I just saw a new show about it, no impact crater - it exploded before hitting earth... and have you seen the photographs taken by the contemporary explorers? Absolutely stunning! It's one of my favorite world events, crazy!
It was an aerial burst but some scientists theorize that a significant portion of it did end up impacting. Last year's expedition to Lake Cheko found some indication of unusual deposits and soundings under the lake. I think this one is still in the "undetermined" column.
And Russia discovered it FIRST!
Was there doubt? Had New Zealand been claiming they were first to know about it all along?
Heh, ok I shouldn't post humor immediately after returning from a long trip. When I read the post I thought of Chekov and how that when any historical space event came up how he would mention that Russia was first on the scene.
Exploding UFO? No way! Exploding UCO, that I'l buy.
I may be the person in this group of friends who found out about it the earliest. In about 1972 I was writing a report on black holes for 6th grade English class. My main source was an article in Scientific American by Steven Weinberg. During my research I found another article entitled, "Did a Black Hole Cause the Tunguska Event"?
 Unidentified Crashing Object
Sure, poke holes in their UFO theory with a minor technicality! ;)
(And, yes, that date beats me.)
I remember reading a series of the eyewitness accounts of the bolide at the time. Must have been pretty amazing. I'd love to have the tech we have now getting all the info. I guess we'll have to wait until 2029 and the close asteroid pass. :)
I still claim it was Superman landing... I mean, frozen north... crystal palace... it all fits.
That's right! Even though they seemed to pronounce it "Ton-goo". So we should be thankful that... No, wait, that movie sucked. We shouldn't be that thankful. :P
Is it bad that my first thought was about the X-Files ep titled Tunguska?