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A Booming Centennial [Jun. 30th, 2008|03:55 pm]
Nicodemus
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 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.
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2008-07-01 12:06 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-07-01 05:27 am (UTC)
I'd never thought about it like that but, yeah, a half century later and the event would've been perceived very differently!
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[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2008-07-01 12:18 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-07-01 05:29 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2008-07-01 12:57 am (UTC)
And Russia discovered it FIRST!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-07-01 05:31 am (UTC)
Was there doubt? Had New Zealand been claiming they were first to know about it all along?
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2008-07-01 06:05 pm (UTC)
ftw
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2008-07-06 10:19 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2008-07-01 05:25 am (UTC)
Exploding UFO? No way! Exploding UCO[1], 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"?

[1] Unidentified Crashing Object
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-07-01 05:33 am (UTC)
Sure, poke holes in their UFO theory with a minor technicality! ;)

(And, yes, that date beats me.)
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[User Picture]From: sabercat
2008-07-01 05:35 am (UTC)

Straight up

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.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-07-01 08:45 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2008-07-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
Is it bad that my first thought was about the X-Files ep titled Tunguska?
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