Volume 377, Number 3, October III 2001
|Page(s)||1081 - 1097|
|Section||Celestial mechanics and astrometry|
|Published online||15 October 2001|
Probable asteroidal origin of the Tunguska Cosmic Body
Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Trieste, Via Tiepolo 11, 34131 Trieste, Italy
2 Istituto TeSRE -CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
3 Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Cassini, URA CNRS 1362, BP 229, 06304 Nice, France
4 Obserwatorium Astronomiczne Universytetu A. Mickiewicza, Sloneczna 36, 60286 Poznań, Poland
5 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna, Italy
6 INFN, Sezione di Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Corresponding author: G. Longo Giuseppe.Longo@bo.infn.it
Accepted: 17 July 2001
The complete characterisation of the Tunguska event of 30th June 1908 is still a challenge for astrophysicists. We studied the huge amount of scientific literature to select data directly available from measurements and we introduced parameters calculated by the application of models, and evaluated other possibilities. We then selected a range of meaningful atmospheric trajectories, from which we extracted a set of possible orbits. We obtained 886 orbits, which were used to estimate the probabilities of the possible origin of the Tunguska Cosmic Body (TCB). We found that the probability that the TCB moved on an asteroidal path is higher than it moved on a cometary one, 83% to 17% , respectively.
Key words: minor planets, asteroids / celestial mechanics / stellar dynamics / methods: numerical
© ESO, 2001
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