Saturday, February 16, 2013

Meteorites And Crazy Conspiracy Theories

Crazy Conspiracy Theories Are Already Taking Root After Russia's Meteor -- Foreign Policy

If a meteor falls in the forest, and there's no one there to see it ... you can count on there being conspiracy theories for decades to follow. That was the case the last time something like this happened in Siberia. On June 30, 1908, something streaked across the sky above Russia and exploded over a densely wooded area near the Tunguska River -- much like the airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk this morning. The explosion in 1908, though, was considerably larger -- it leveled trees over an area several miles wide and the shockwave registered as a large earthquake.

Most scientists believe the Tunguska event, as it came to be known, was caused by a fragment of a comet that entered the atmosphere and exploded (people under the object's path through the atmosphere reported seeing a residual glow for days afterwards -- a phenomenon that could be explained by the composition of a comet, which is a mixture of ice and frozen gasses, rather than a rockier asteroid).

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My Comment: Foreign Policy does post a good list .... but for me .... I just enjoy watching the videos of this event.

Update: More meteorite conspiracy theories here.

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