June 30th, 2008

Sy Liebergot

A Booming Centennial

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.