17620Fwd: [UASR]> The Vitim bolide event
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Subject: [UASR]> The Vitim bolide event
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 17:58:01 -0700
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Forwarding permission was given by William R. Corliss.
Science Frontiers, No. 156, Nov-Dec, 2004, p. 3
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The Vitim bolide event
On the night of September 24-25, 2002, an energetic bolide streaked across
the Irkutsk region of Russia near the Vitim River. The event was
of the more powerful 1908 Tunguska event. Consequently, Russian scientists
quickly began gathering testimony and dispatching ground expeditions.
Although we are interested mainly in the havoc wrought at the impact site,
it is also interesting to review some of the curious phenomena accompanying
the bolide's passage.
* Luminous displays lasting several days in the direction of the presumed
impact site. These were called "glow rays" by the inhabitants.
* All-sky brightening even in clouded areas.
* Filament lamps glowed during the bolide's passage.
* St. Elmos fire emanated from the tops of fence poles.
* Background radiation increased 60 kilometers from the impact site.
* Afterwards, the temporary worsening of the health of inhabitants of the
* The snow and water became bitter (!).
* Tritium concentration in the region's water increased.
Photos taken at the presumed impact site remind one not only of ground zero
of the Tunguska event but also of recently blasted sites in remote Brazil
and elsewhere. (See *Science Frontiers II* for collected descriptions.)
(Ol'khovatov, Andrei; "Vitim Bolide Event," *Meteorite*, 10:30, February
Comments. It is curious that:
(1) That there are so many apparent recent impact events.
(2) That said events always seem to occur in remote, hard-to-access areas.
(3) That well-defined craters are rarely found. Instead there is
vegetation with little ground disturbance.
(4) That meteoritic material is also rarely found.
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