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Massive Russian meteorite goes missing, as stargazers enjoy celestial show.

In Meteorite, News, Perseid Meteor Shower, Russia, science, Tunguska Event, Uncategorized, World, Yury Lavbin on August 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm

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They can reveal details of the ancient Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe at large. They are meteorites. They are the fragments of meteoroids, that have survived the journey thought the Earth’s atmosphere, and somehow landed on our planets surface and been preserved.

All round mystery….

And one such apparent meteorite from Tunguska, Russia, has made a strange diapering act.

According to media, the meteorite has ‘gone missing’ from the Tunguska Space Event Foundation in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia.

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And this meteorite isn’t your normal marble to basketball sized rocks that are most commonly found, as seen above.

This meteorite is a ‘three ton rock’ that mysteriously disappeared recently, right under the noses of the foundation staff. That’s a three ton rock! Over 2 700 kilograms.

According to reports, Russian police are searching for the rock across the northern Siberian city, that foundation director Yury Lavbin apparently bought back from a 2004 expedition to the site of the mysterious ‘Tunguska event,” 100 years ago.

tunguska-1.jpg The Tunguska event uprooted and scorched trees for 50 miles around the ‘impact’.

(I say apparently as their appears to be very little evidence a meteorite from this event actually exists)

The Tunguska even/explosion occurred on June 30, 1908. Most scientists and researchers believe that the event was caused by the airburst of a comet fragment a few kilometres above the ground near the Tunguska river, blowing at 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

A blast that set the North Asian and European night skies alight in the hours after the event, according to Time Magazine. A night so bright, even people in London were said to be ‘able to read a paper outside’, where it would usually be pitch black.

The Alien Theory?

However, back in 2004, just after the expedition to the site of the event, Yurty Lavbin also made the claim that he and his team had found the wreck of an ‘alien technical device’ at ground zero of the Tunguska explosion. A claim that was picked up by news wires around the world, as fact.

To add to that, even before Lavbin set off on his expedition he had proclaimed he believed that not a meteorite, but an extraterrestrial spaceship had crashed in 1908. 

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Whatever the story, meteorite, or no meteorite, Lavbin wants his rock back.

“It winds up that it disappeared…our colleagues are establishing what got lost, where the rock is and why they only came to us about it now,” Lavbin said.

Yes, the mysterious meteorite rock (that may or may not have even existed in the first place), from the mysterious Tunguska event, is nowhere to be seen. Where could it be?

Perhaps the massive meteorite will wind up being sold on an online meteorite market, where daily, thousands of dollars are exchanged by buys and sellers of rocks from outer space.

Who stole my meteor?

And it turns out that missing meteorites in Russia is not a new thing….

Back in June the Sofia news agency reported that a chunk of a meteorite weighing over 7 kilograms has been stolen from a museum in the remote Magadan Region in Russia’s Far East.

Thieves broke into the history museum in the village of Seimchan at night and stole a part of the Seimchan meteorite, found in 1967 near a gold mine.

Apparently the offenders were inspired by a recent TV program, which discussed the high value of meteorites on Russia’s black market.

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Meanwhile, in other crazy out of this world news, lucky stargazers in the northern hemisphere and parts of the southern hemisphere for that matter, have been treated to the spectacular display of the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event, which this year coincided with a new moon, allowing for the best star gazing in years.

Prime viewing locations were Western Europe and North America, where 100 meteors or more an hour would have been visible where the sky was clearest and darkest.

The shower has been observed at least for the past 2000 years.

And what of the chances of being hit by a meteorite from the sky?

“There’s been about 21 recorded deaths in around the last 100 years from meteorite strikes,” said Australian scientist Jane Morgan.

“You may remember about three years ago when a house was hit by a meteorite in New Zealand … punched a hole in the roof and ricocheted around the lounge room and came to rest, but the chances of being hit are very slight, but it has been known to happen.”

I like those odds’

Heads up!

Video from the shower last night, the meteor shower that is, I know what you were thinking, sicko….

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  1. In Soviet Russia, you fall on meteor, instead of meteor falling on you.

  2. Bahahahah!

  3. There are so many places in the Earth that are not known by man… scientifics think they can control everything, and the nature is uncontrollable. And there are many inhabited places in Russia.

  4. The truth is out there!

  5. and now you will find a lot of slices of this meteorite for sell on the internet

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