The Western Lines

March 19, 2009

Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World – The Great Siberian Explosion

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Arthur C Clarke,Tunguska — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:35 pm

To continue our commemoration of the life and work of Arthur C Clarke I would like to offer for your viewing pleasure the following episode from Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World – The Great Siberian Explosion.

This episode concerns the Tunguska impact event of June 30th, 1908 and first aired on British television on October 14th , 1980 and has to rank as one of my all time favourites along side Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Episode 4: “Heaven and Hell”.

It was through these television programs that I developed a life long fascination with the mystery posed by Tunguska and a major concern with the possible threat asteroids and comets pose for human civilization. I first learned about the eyewitness account, recorded in the chronicle of Gervase, of a lunar impact event seen by Canterbury monks on June 18, 1178 that some researchers believe resulted in the possible formation of the lunar crater Giordano Bruno through these particular documentaries. The possible connection of these two events with the Beta Taurid meteor shower and other impact events in human history remains a particularly interesting area of research to me personally and can be traced to the undeniable influences of Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan in my late adolescence.

So without further adieu dear readers and if you would allow me the pleasure of a bit of youthful nostalgia I would like to present for your viewing pleasure:

Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World – The Great Siberian Explosion


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