One hundred years ago today, June 30th, 1908, a great explosion rained Hell over Siberia, flattening 830 square miles of forest. Easily big enough to destroy a city, the 30-meter diameter space rock missed Moscow by about 4 hours. And it will happen again. But even as we track the objects headed our way in the next century, the flood of media hype over the centennial this past week shows there are still some major mysteries about the Russian blast that need solving.The post has a nice little roundup of articles from major science outlets that paused to remember the centennial (I recommend the BBC piece). Fascinatingly, experts continue to disagree on just what caused the Tunguska blast (some say a meteor struck Earth, but others argue no physical evidence exists to support that explanation). Still, the words "interdimensional crossrip" do not appear in any of the accounts.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Indicating that Ray Stantz's dialogue at the conclusion of Ghostbusters is historically inaccurate, io9 reminds us that today is the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska blast: