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Message 1364686 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 6:48:27 UTC

I hope they find the truth behind the event. Rumors were abound a ufo crashed at the time.


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Devastation: The Tunguska Event in June 1908 saw a mysterious blast more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb flatten trees over an 800 square mile radius, knock people from their feet and shatter windows

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    Message 1364720 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 9:14:52 UTC - in response to Message 1364686.

    No Lynn no UFO from what I know it was a meteorite that exploded in the atmosphere .There are some good doco's about it . It wasn't to big eather as a big one would have hit the ground .I think some time in the 90"s there was a simular explosion in a remote part of I think Africa that was court by a satellite about the same size but it exploded higher up and so no effect on the ground .When I say small I mean 5 meters .
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    Message 1364734 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 10:34:06 UTC
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    This is widely regarded as a meteorite exploding in the air before hitting the ground. UFO activists have long wanted to view it as a UFO crash, and it has become as famous as the myths surrounding Area 51, and the Rendell Forest. They persist because too many people WANT to believe them.

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    Message 1364904 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 19:01:55 UTC - in response to Message 1364720.

    No Lynn no UFO from what I know it was a meteorite that exploded in the atmosphere .There are some good doco's about it . It wasn't to big eather as a big one would have hit the ground .I think some time in the 90"s there was a simular explosion in a remote part of I think Africa that was court by a satellite about the same size but it exploded higher up and so no effect on the ground .When I say small I mean 5 meters .


    UFO, folklore, many have thought. No epicentre was found?

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    Message 1364907 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 19:04:33 UTC - in response to Message 1364734.

    This is widely regarded as a meteorite exploding in the air before hitting the ground. UFO activists have long wanted to view it as a UFO crash, and it has become as famous as the myths surrounding Area 51, and the Rendell Forest. They persist because too many people WANT to believe them.


    Myths, right!

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    Message 1364909 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 19:05:46 UTC - in response to Message 1364907.


    Tunguska Mystery Solved By Three Tiny Stones?


    In 1908, a huge explosion enveloped the skies over the Podkamennaya Tunguska River, Russia. It is a well-known atmospheric airburst that flattened 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers (830 sq mi) of forest and launched a thousand conspiracy theories, spawning the inspiration behind an alien-packed X-Files episode. Was it an asteroid? A comet? Or some kind of bizarre alien weapon designed to kill large numbers of squirrels?

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    Message 1364920 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 19:20:43 UTC

    But, according to a Russian scientist, he has found small pieces of rock that may have originated from the Tunguska fireball.

    The jury is still out ....

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    Message 1364937 - Posted: 5 May 2013, 20:09:00 UTC - in response to Message 1364734.

    This is widely regarded as a meteorite exploding in the air before hitting the ground.


    I think that the consensus among astronomers is that it was a piece of a comet. Comets are mostly made of ices... frozen water, methane etc. When they hit earth's atmosphere, the water and other ices turn into superheated steam causing a steam explosion, and of course flammable methane would then explosively react with the oxygen in the atmosphere. There would be little to no residue and a very small (considering the size of the explosion) or no impact crater.

    This fits what happened at Tunguska best, and as a bonus satisfies Occam's Razor. :^)
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    Message 1365042 - Posted: 6 May 2013, 5:59:13 UTC - in response to Message 1364937.

    This is widely regarded as a meteorite exploding in the air before hitting the ground.


    I think that the consensus among astronomers is that it was a piece of a comet. Comets are mostly made of ices... frozen water, methane etc. When they hit earth's atmosphere, the water and other ices turn into superheated steam causing a steam explosion, and of course flammable methane would then explosively react with the oxygen in the atmosphere. There would be little to no residue and a very small (considering the size of the explosion) or no impact crater.

    This fits what happened at Tunguska best, and as a bonus satisfies Occam's Razor. :^)


    Nice post Mr.Kevvy! Indeed, "when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."

    @Chris, yep, the jury is still out...

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    Message 1365125 - Posted: 6 May 2013, 14:23:04 UTC

    Thanks. :^)

    Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy blog published a nice piece on this today: Have Tunguska Meteorites Been Found? I Have My Doubts. Definitely worth reading.
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    Message 1365309 - Posted: 7 May 2013, 0:30:05 UTC - in response to Message 1365125.

    Thanks. :^)

    Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy blog published a nice piece on this today: Have Tunguska Meteorites Been Found? I Have My Doubts. Definitely worth reading.



    Welcome, thanks for the article. :-) Yes, still have my doubts also. We will have to wait and see. Those rocks just don't look right, way to polished. It's also a good thing the Tunguska Event, was not a Shoemaker-Levy 9, we would not be here if it was.

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    Message 1366528 - Posted: 10 May 2013, 22:20:30 UTC

    There are innumerable documentaries delving into the Tunguska event.
    Teams of scientists digging into the epicenter finding nothing.

    The idea that it might have been a ufo explosion is to laugh at.
    ET's smart enough to make the journey across untold light years of space
    were stupid enough to crash their space ship while attempting a planetary insertion orbit.
    I'm guessing that the survivors of the crash went on to create
    Bell Tel Inc so they could "Phone Home". lol.

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    Message 1366654 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 6:16:06 UTC - in response to Message 1365309.

    The Tunguska Explosion presumably caused by a comet, is the greatest space catastrophe humankind has ever witnessed.

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    Message 1366853 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 19:33:15 UTC - in response to Message 1366654.

    The Tunguska Explosion presumably caused by a comet, is the greatest space catastrophe humankind has ever witnessed.


    I would say the one that Russia just had last month was the greates humans Have seen,Thanks to all the dashboard cams, and cell phones.
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    Message 1367396 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 6:22:06 UTC - in response to Message 1366853.

    The Tunguska Explosion presumably caused by a comet, is the greatest space catastrophe humankind has ever witnessed.


    I would say the one that Russia just had last month was the greates humans Have seen,Thanks to all the dashboard cams, and cell phones.


    Yes, the meteor over Russia, remember it well. I was up the day/night it happened.
    The explosion of Tunguska,was a space catastrophe, sorry if I put humankind event ever witnessed. Someday the event will be solved.

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    Message 1367407 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 7:09:30 UTC

    um i think the Tunguska event was just a very large meteorite much like the recent meteorite air burst over Russia.

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    Message 1367419 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 9:06:19 UTC
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    It was definitely a low mid air explosion of some sort to have caused the radial damage that it did. Some reports say that at the centre there is/was high radiation levels but that hasn't been confirmed. The best guess is a large meteorite, or a chunk of comet. The UFO guys reckon that the earth was being watched and as soon as the first radio signals were detected in 1895, they sent a spacecraft to investigate, which was what blew up in 1908. Hmmm, 13 years to get from the nearest star 4 light years away means 1/3 light speed travel. Within Einsteins theory but still pretty fast!

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    Message 1367420 - Posted: 13 May 2013, 9:35:26 UTC

    well i'm guessing that even the "Tsar Bomba" explosion wouldn't register
    on the the Galactic Energy Profile being observed.

    We as a species still don't have the capacity to rock the Cosmos.

    Real ET's could hide anywhere they choose, even in "black Holes".

    We really are a "bunch of turds".
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