The Vitim event
or Bodaybo event
is believed to be an impact
by a bolide
or comet nucleus
in the Vitim River
basin. It occurred near the town of Bodaybo
in the Mamsko-Chuisky district of Irkutsk Oblast
on September 25, 2002 at approximately 10:00 p.m. (local time). The event was also detected by a US military missile-defense satellite.
Some attempts were made to define the magnitude
of the explosion. U.S. military
analysts calculated it was between 0.2–0.5 kiloton
, while Russian physicist Andrey Olkhovatov estimates it at 4–5 kilotons.
Information about the event appeared in the mass media and among scientists after only a week. Initially no one was able to understand the magnitude of the explosion. A small expedition, sent by the Institute of Sun–Earth Physics (Irkutsk
), tried to find a meteorite within about 10 km from Bodaybo town (people told them– "it has fallen beyond the nearest mountain!").
Some people suggest that this phenomenon is similar to the Tunguska event
- 1st - Russian MChS (Emergency Rescue) team tried to find an object near Bodaybo.
- 2nd - October, 2002 expedition of Irkutsk State University (leader S. Yazev).
It was more a tourist trip, than a scientific expedition
Official expeditions in 2002–2003 never reached the impact site, situated in a remote Siberian taiga
, a multi-profile scientific expedition is planned by Kosmopoisk
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