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  • International Journal of Astrobiology, Volume 7, Issue 1
  • January 2008, pp. 9-15

Bloody rain again! Red rain and meteors in history and myth

  • P. McCafferty (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 January 2008

In July 2001, red rain fell over Kerala in India shortly after reports of a meteor. When analysed, this red rain appeared to contain red cells, apparently demonstrating that such cells must exist in space and that the theory of panspermia is correct. However, doubts have been expressed about whether reports of a meteor were merely a coincidence. This paper examines historical and mythical accounts of red rain, to establish if these, too, show a connection with meteors.

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International Journal of Astrobiology
  • ISSN: 1473-5504
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