Tunguska meteorite that created an explosion of unprecedented force over Siberia, did not leave any traces on the ground.
What It Was
In June of 1908 in the early morning the residents of sparse villages in Siberia observed an object flying in the sky which fell with a deafening explosion.
The explosion occurred near the same river, which gave its name to the meteorite.
The Strength and the Consequences of the Explosion
The explosion was so strong that, according to the calculations of scientists, its power was equivalent to 2000 atomic bombs, which the Americans used in 1945 to destroy a large Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The explosion grounded 80 million trees. As far as 50 kilometers from the explosion people were knocked down off their feet by the explosive blast. This air blast was so powerful that it circled the globe.
Forest fall. Photo by the expedition of Kulik in the explosion area
The sound of the explosion was heard as far as 800 kilometers from the point of explosion.
Such massive explosion for more than a decade reduced the average temperature on the Earth!
Beginning of the Research
First attempts to find out what was the reason for such a powerful explosion were made in 1927. It was then when the first Russian expedition went to explore the crash site.
A delay of two decades was a direct consequence of the historical processes that shook Russia and the whole world at the beginning of the 20th century.
The expedition found no fragments of the meteorite!
Theories of the Origin of the Tunguska Meteorite in Siberia
Let’s start with the most fantastic ones. Absence of any meteorite fragments at the crash scene allowed creatingmany different theories that considered the explosion a handiwork of aliens.
There were hypotheses that an explosion was a result of development by Russians of new weapons, or a consequence of the emergence of antimatter in the world and many others.
The most plausible hypothesis is that the explosion was of meteorite nature or that it was a comet.
The Discovery of the Century!
Every 3-5 years new publications appear that “fully unravel the riddle of the Tunguska meteorite.” Today they talk about a possible explosion of a comet.
There is still no definitive answer about the nature of the Tunguska meteorite in Siberia. Let’s get back to this topic in 3-5 years 🙂
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