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Astron. Astrophys. 359, 777-779 (2000)

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On the nature of the Tunguska meteorite

V. Bronshten

Committee for Meteorites of Russian Academy of Sciences, 16-130 Varshavskoye road, Moscow 113105, Russia

Received 28 May 1999 / Accepted 14 April 2000


The complete lack of stony splinters over vast territory (15 000 km2) surrounding the epicenter of the Tunguska catastrophe implies that the Tunguska body is unlikely to be an asteroid, as assumed by several researchers. We review the arguments that make this hypothesis unlikely.

Key words: comets: general – meteors, meteoroids – minor planets, asteroids – solar system: general

This article contains no SIMBAD objects.


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Online publication: July 7, 2000