Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

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

  • P. McCafferty (a1)

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.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

F.C. Clark (1875). Red snow. Amer. Naturalist 9(3), 129135.

K.A. Kvenvolden (1970). Evidence for extraterrestrial amino-acids and hydrocarbons in the Murchison meteorite. Nature 228, 923926.

H. Muir (2006). It's raining aliens. New Scientist, 4 March, p. 37.

Nature (1870). Notes. Nature 2, 168169.

T. Ratcliffe (1872). Black rain. Notes and Queries, s.4, 9 (March 30), p. 267.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

International Journal of Astrobiology
  • ISSN: 1473-5504
  • EISSN: 1475-3006
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 4
Total number of PDF views: 9 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 655 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 20th September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.