The Red Rain Phenomenon of Kerala and its Possible Extraterrestrial Origin
- 337 Downloads
A red rain phenomenon occurred in Kerala, India starting from 25th July 2001, in which the rainwater appeared coloured in various localized places that are spread over a few hundred kilometers in Kerala. Maximum cases were reported during the first 10 days and isolated cases were found to occur for about 2 months. The striking red colouration of the rainwater was found to be due to the suspension of microscopic red particles having the appearance of biological cells. These particles have no similarity with usual desert dust. An estimated minimum quantity of 50,000 kg of red particles has fallen from the sky through red rain. An analysis of this strange phenomenon further shows that the conventional atmospheric transport processes like dust storms etc. cannot explain this phenomenon. The electron microscopic study of the red particles shows fine cell structure indicating their biological cell like nature. EDAX analysis shows that the major elements present in these cell like particles are carbon and oxygen. Strangely, a test for DNA using Ethidium Bromide dye fluorescence technique indicates absence of DNA in these cells. In the context of a suspected link between a meteor airburst event and the red rain, the possibility for the extraterrestrial origin of these particles from cometary fragments is discussed.
KeywordsRed rain red rain cells meteor airburst astrobiology exobiology cometary panspermia
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Nair, K.G.: Red rain was fungus, not meteor. The Indian Express http://www.indianexpress.com/ie20010806/nat10.html (2001)Google Scholar
- News in brief: Red rain leaves Indian scientists battling demons: Nature 412, 670 (2001)Google Scholar
- Radhakrishnan, M.G.: Scarlets of Fire. India Today Group Online. http://www.india-today.com/webexclusive/dispatch/20010905/stephen.html (2001)Google Scholar
- Ramakrishnan, V.: Coloured rain falls on Kerala, BBC News – South Asia. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1465036. stm (2001)Google Scholar
- Sampath, S., Abraham, T.K., Sasikumar, V., Mohanan, C.N.: Colored rain: A report on the phenomenon, CESS-PR-114-2001, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (unpublished) (2001)Google Scholar
- Solomon, P.: Strange red/scarlet rain over Kerala August 2001. UFO India. org http://www. ufoindia.org/article_red_rain.htm (2001)Google Scholar
- Surendran, P.K.: Mystery of the scarlet rains and other tales. The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?xml=0&art_id=1008083877 (2001)Google Scholar
- Veerabuthiran, S., Satyanarayana, M.: Indian Journal of Radio & Space Physics 32, 158 (2003)Google Scholar