Chelyabinsk Superbolide

  • Nick Gorkavyi
  • Alexander Dudorov
  • Sergey Taskaev

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. N. N. Gorkavyi, T. A. Taidakova
    Pages 35-68
  3. S. N. Zamozdra
    Pages 69-84
  4. S. A. Khaibrakhmanov, A. E. Dudorov, N. N. Gorkavyi
    Pages 85-107
  5. A. V. Kocherov, S. N. Zamozdra, I. V. Gracheva
    Pages 108-113
  6. S. G. Zakharov
    Pages 114-121
  7. S. N. Zamozdra, A. V. Kocherov
    Pages 122-147
  8. A. E. Dudorov, A. E. Mayer
    Pages 148-160
  9. S. V. Taskaev, V. V. Khovaylo
    Pages 161-175
  10. N. N. Gorkavyi, T. A. Taidakova
    Pages 176-193
  11. N. N. Gorkavyi, S. V. Taskaev, A. E. Dudorov, A. V. Kocherov
    Pages 218-228
  12. A. E. Dudorov, O. V. Eretnova
    Pages 229-243
  13. A. E. Dudorov, S. N. Zamozdra
    Pages 244-269
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 287-304

About this book


​On February 15, 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor sailed over Russian skies in a streak of light that was momentarily brighter than the Sun. The remarkable event and its subsequent shock wave were witnessed and documented by countless local residents, launching a widespread scientific expedition to gather and study the remaining meteoritic fragments.

This book chronicles Chelyabinsk’s tale of recovery and discovery from the minds of many of the scientists who studied the superbolide, leading field experiments and collecting meteorites and meteorite dust across the region. The Chelyabinsk superbolide is a complex and multi-aspect phenomenon. The book not only presents the results of the scientific research but also details the firsthand experiences of those involved in such efforts, providing readers with a unique opportunity to look at the "inner workings" of science that are seldom shown to the public.

Over the course of their studies, the scientists collected over 200 photographs and a dozen video recordings taken by nearly 40 different eyewitnesses. Many of those never-before-published illustrations and photos can be found in full color in the pages of this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nick Gorkavyi
    • 1
  • Alexander Dudorov
    • 2
  • Sergey Taskaev
    • 3
  1. 1.LanhamUSA
  2. 2.Chelyabinsk State UniversityChelyabinskRussia
  3. 3.Chelyabinsk State UniversityChelyabinskRussia

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