> 04/10/02Astronomy Magazine
> A New Russian Meteorite?
> On Thursday 3 October, residents of the village of Bodaibo in
> the Irkutsk region of Siberia witnessed the fall of a large
> glowing object from space. Witnesses saw a large fireball in
> the sky, followed by a thunder-like sound, a flash of light,
> and a small earth tremor.
> Scientists from the Institute of Solar and Earth Physics of
> the Russian Academy of Science suspect the object is a large
> meteorite. It landed in the hills between the villages of
> Bodaibo and Balakhninsky. Early reports suggest there were
> no casualties or damage to property.
> Siberia is no stranger to visiting rocks from space. Back in
> 1908, a near earth object detonated in the atmosphere above
> the Tunguska region, flattening 2000 square kilometres of
> forest. More recently, in February 1947, a large iron
> meteorite, estimated to weight 1000 tons, landed in the
> Sikhote-Alin mountain range.
> Around 30,000 meteorites of varying sizes fall to Earth each
> year, but the vast majority fall in the oceans and deserts
> that make up the majority of the Earth's surface. If pieces
> of this new fall can be recovered, it may give scientists
> valuable insights into the nature of these rocks, which are
> remnants from the formation of our Solar System.
> A group of scientists from the Institute of Solar and Earth
> Physics is to head for the new fall-site as soon as possible.