Tracks Too Large to be Seen

  • Vladimir Rubtsov
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


The Tunguska space body (TSB) may have been enigmatic, but it did not vanish into thin air. Rather it left three big keys and several smaller ones that can help scientists to unlock the door of this mystery.


Forest Fire Blast Wave Light Flash Space Body Forest Destruction 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes and References

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    Its coordinates proved to be 60°53′ 09′′ ± 6′′N and 101°53′ 40′′ ± 13′′E.Google Scholar
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    More exactly (6 ± 3) × 1020 ergs.Google Scholar
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    The program “Thermal Burn” was performed under the supervision of Anatoly Ilyin. Such noted scientists participated as mathematicians Boris Shkuta (Novosibirsk) and Vladimir Vorobyov (now professor and chief of the Department of Applied Mathematics of Arkhangelsk University), Evgeny Gordon (now professor and a member of the European Academy of Sciences), Vladimir Schnitke (now chief of the St. Petersburg branch of the Memorial Society), and many other ITEG members.Google Scholar
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    Geographical coordinates of the center of the light flash are as follows: 60°52'48''N, 101°55'18''E, its altitude 4,800 m.Google Scholar
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    See Doroshin, I. K. op cit.Google Scholar
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    Kulik, L. A. op cit., pp. 15–16.Google Scholar
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    Doroshin, I. K. op cit.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir Rubtsov
    • 1
  1. 1.KharkovUkraine

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