What was it? A wayward black hole, a crashing comet, an rogue asteroid, an exotic rock of antimatter or mirror matter, a methane gas blast from below, an alien spacecraft, a laser beam fired by extraterrestrials, or an early experiment in nuclear physics which got out of hand?
A century on, this grand dame of science mysteries still fascinates scientists and charlatans alike.
Australian science journalist and author Surendra Verma tells the incredible story of this famous fireball. He also examines the major theories - scientific and fanciful - and evaluates the new evidence that claims that the mystery has at last been 'solved.' Or, is it?
1. Fire in the Sky
2. The Case of a Missing Meteorite
3. The Tale of a Fiery Comet
4. Asteroids Behaving Badly
5. Traceless Tunguska
6. The Incredible Journey of a Black Hole
7. The Matters in Question
8. A Blast from Below
9. Opening the X-files
10. A Fireball in the Dinosaurs' Sky
Timeline: 114 Years of an Enigma
Sources and Further Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was a short book, very clearly written that summarizes the incident and the various theories to explain it. It spends most of the time on the valid scientific theories, but there is a chapter where it covers the wacky ones too. There still is no complete answer as we approach the 100 year (2008) anniversary.The author is very clear with the scientific details, and doesn't get lost in the minutia. There is also a discussion of the KT event that is proposed to have wiped out the dinosaurs. Very interesting.