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Mystery space blast 'solved' [Italian Scientists Solve Mystery of 1908 Siberian Blast]
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Posted on 10/31/2001 6:33:49 AM PST by AppyPappy

Astronomers may have solved the puzzle of what it was that brought so much devastation to a remote region of Siberia almost a century ago.

The asteroid was probably a pile of space rubble - like Mathilde

In the early morning of 30 June, 1908, witnesses told of a gigantic explosion and blinding flash. Thousands of square kilometres of trees were burned and flattened.

Scientists have always suspected that an incoming comet or asteroid lay behind the event - but no impact crater was ever discovered and no expedition to the area has ever found any large fragments of an extraterrestrial object.

Now, a team of Italian researchers believe they may have the definitive answer. After combining never-before translated eyewitness accounts with seismic data and a new survey of the impact zone, the scientists say the evidence points strongly to the object being a low-density asteroid.

They even think they know from where in the sky the object came.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asteroid; catastrophism; italy; russia; siberia; tunguska
Click the source for the whole story with pictures.
1 posted on 10/31/2001 6:33:49 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
So it was just an extra-terrestrial truckload of gravel? But the whole anti-matter theory was so much more sexy.
2 posted on 10/31/2001 6:36:15 AM PST by Darth Reagan
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To: RightWhale
Tunguska bump. Astronomers predict that we can expect one of these every 100 years.
3 posted on 10/31/2001 6:36:24 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
What happened to Bagdad? It was a Tunguska event, yeah, that's the ticket...
4 posted on 10/31/2001 6:39:12 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: blam
Good. We have another six years before we need to begin to worry.
5 posted on 10/31/2001 6:39:31 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Tijeras_Slim
*sigh* Too hard to set up. Worse than herding cats...
6 posted on 10/31/2001 6:48:26 AM PST by null and void
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To: null and void
*sigh* Too hard to set up. Worse than herding cats...

Nah, we've got about 18,000 man-made Tunguska events just waiting to happen.

7 posted on 10/31/2001 7:22:05 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: AppyPappy
Nothing like re-resolving a question that has been resolved for decades.
8 posted on 10/31/2001 7:24:46 AM PST by dead
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To: dead; gcruse; Old Student
lump dump bump *
9 posted on 10/31/2001 7:38:39 AM PST by ChemistCat
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To: AppyPappy
Some people tend to think that it was one of Tesla's experiments that got away.
10 posted on 10/31/2001 7:41:21 AM PST by WalterSkinner
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To: dead
You've said exactly what I was thinking. Why is this news again? Was someone blaming the explosion on the US?
11 posted on 10/31/2001 7:41:57 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: AppyPappy
...seismic data...

I didn't know they had recording seismographs in Siberia in 1908. Remarkable.

12 posted on 10/31/2001 7:48:43 AM PST by Looking for Diogenes
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To: Looking for Diogenes
They didn't. Seismic data from Europe and the US. This puppy was BIG. Recording barometers in England measured the shock wave, the shock wave after it circled the globe, and the shock wave after it circled the globe a second time!
13 posted on 10/31/2001 9:16:46 AM PST by null and void
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To: ClearCase_guy
We don't want a clear case, guy. It has to look like an accident...
14 posted on 10/31/2001 9:19:26 AM PST by null and void
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To: AppyPappy
Anytime I hear of a cataclysmic explosion, my first reaction is to blame Oprah Winfrey passing gass too close to an open flame. The problem with my theory is that I don't believe Oprah was alive in 1908. So it must be from some other source, but what how could there be anything on earth other than Oprah that could cause such an explosion?
15 posted on 10/31/2001 9:23:04 AM PST by jojo the boxing kangaroo
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To: null and void
We think a big chunk of ice, breaking up and pretty much subliming on its way down, is a more viable theory. There'd be something left of that much of a mobile gravel pile.
16 posted on 10/31/2001 6:53:20 PM PST by Old Student
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To: null and void
We don't want a clear case, guy. It has to look like an accident...

Can we make do with plausible deniability?

17 posted on 10/31/2001 6:57:59 PM PST by FrogMom
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To: FrogMom
Can we make do with plausible deniability?

Works for me!

18 posted on 11/01/2001 6:41:23 AM PST by null and void
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Note: this topic is from 10/31/2001. Thanks AppyPappy.



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