National Science Week – Scinema

Scinema is a film festival that runs during National Science Week.

CSIRO Minerals in Clayton showed one of the Scinema films today called ‘Big Bang in Tunguska’, directed by German Christoph Schuch. As you can guess from the title, the documentary is about the explosion that occurred in a remote part of Siberia in 1908, and I was lucky enough to be invited along to the viewing (with popcorn!).

It was an easy to watch documentary, but it didn’t offer much in the way of education or new information for the audience. Though the historical footage (if it was in fact authentic – sometimes I wasn’t sure) was a highlight.

As a chemist, I was disappointed that the film did not even touch on the chemical or isotopic analyses that have been conducted on samples from the site, much of which I believe supports the comet/asteroid/meteor theory.

I found the ‘gas volcano theory’ proponent, Wolfgang Kundt neither believable nor authoritative. And don’t think it is a good sign that the best person willing to talk on camera about that particular theory, was someone who had switched from their core research discipline of Astrophysics to Tunguska research.

There were also films showing at the Melbourne Museum, on the same day the collection tours ran, but I was clearly too excited about the collection tours to realise that Scinema was on too.

You can also check out the winner of the student section, Kristian Lang, on Channel 9’s Today Show, here. Congratulations Kristian!

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