[meteorite-list] Kerala Red Rain Was From A Comet, Study Suggests
Ron Baalke baalke at zagami.jpl.nasa.gov
Wed May 31 12:35:46 EDT 2006
Kerala red rain was comet disintegration
May 31, 2006
Kottayam, May 31: The "red rains" in Kerala five years ago was the result
of the atmospheric disintegration of a comet, according to a study.
The study conducted at the School of Pure and Applied Physics of the MG
University here by Dr Godfrey Louis and his student a Santosh Kumar
shows that red rain cells were devoid of DNA which suggests their
The findings published in the international journal 'Astrophysics and
Space Science' state that the cometery fragment contained dense
collection of red cells.
Commenting on the study at a press conference here, Dr N Chandra
Wikramesinghe, Director of Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology, UK, said
"what makes this study most important is the similarity of the red
particles with living cells."
"If the red rain cells are finally proved to be of extra-terrestrial
origin then that would be one of the most important discoveries in
human history. It will change our concept about the universe and
life," he added.
The red coloured rains were reported in different parts of Kerala
from July to September 2001.
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