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Revisiting the 1908 Tunguska Event as a Bolide With Massive Electrical Interactions

stock here. The pictures of an expedition into the then wild Siberian countryside shows an unusual pattern of directionally felled trees, and quite scorched.


Was the 1908 Tunguska Explosion an Electrical Event?

The Tunguska explosion of June 30, 1908, that devastated over 2000 square km of Siberian taiga has been attributed to the entry into the Earth’s atmosphere of a fragment of comet or asteroid (Tunguska Cosmic Body or TCB) and its detonation at ~10km altitude.1 But after almost a century many enigmas remain. Why are there dozens of odd holes but no impact crater? Why are few meteoritic fragments found? What was the ‘pillar of fire’ reported to stretch from the ground to the bolide? One little-explored possibility is that the effects could be explained if the TCB were an electrically charged body.-‘” Powerful electrical discharges between the Earth, and a charged intruder could explain the “pillar of fire.” The discharge could trigger internal dielectric breakdown and totally disrupt the TCB. This model offers a solution to the puzzle of comets exploding far from the Sun.

It is curious why it took decades for people to visit and investigate. But Russia was in a world of hurt, including the Bloody Sunday Massacre of 1905.


The real action came a decade later

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