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Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques | The Tunguska Mystery

The Tunguska Mystery

Rubtsov, Vladimir

Ashpole, Edward (Ed.)

2009, X, 318p. 49 illus., 11 illus. in color.

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  • The only book written in the English language on Tunguska studies in the former Soviet Union and new independent states that is entirely based on first-hand accounts of serious researchers directly engaged in these studies
  • Objective and pays attention to both conventional and unconventional theories of the Tunguska space body’s origin
  • Devoid of the pseudoscientific arguments that are rather typical for the "UFO-oriented" Tunguska books published in the West
  • More up-to-date and more comprehensive than other Tunguska books available

The purpose of the book is a dual one: to detail the nature and results of Tunguska investigations in the former USSR and present-day CIS, and to destroy two long-standing myths still held in the West. The first concerns alleged “final solutions” that have ostensibly been found in Russia or elsewhere. The second concerns the mistaken belief that there has been little or no progress in understanding the nature of the Tunguska phenomenon. All this is treated by the author in a scholarly and responsible manner. Although the book does present certain unusual findings of Russian and Ukrainian scholars, it is important to stress that this is not a sensational book; it is, rather, a serious exposition of the results of rational investigations into a difficult scientific problem. We are demonstrating the true complexity of the problem that is now entering its second century of existence. Simple meteoritic models cannot explain all the characteristics of this complicated event, and therefore certain so-called “unconventional hypotheses” about the nature of the Tunguska explosion are to be considered as well.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » 1908 crash - Tungusca event - Tunguska Siberia explosion - Tunguska comet - Tunguska event - Tunguska impact - Tunguska mystery explained - Tunguska myths - asteroid hits - comet hits - natural disasters

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Popular Astronomy

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