Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fact or Fiction - Blood Rain and Star Jelly - National Geographic Channel

When the Sky Rains Blood and Goo

It’s known that 100 tons of comet debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis. What scientists discover in this debris could forever change our understanding of life in the universe.

  • On September 28, 1969 a meteor shower rained over Murchison, Australia. Scientists later collected more than 200 pounds of meteoric material and discovered amino acids, the chemical building blocks of DNA, within it.

  • NASA continued to study this meteoric material and found cyano bacteria, many of which can be identified to genus and species of cyano bacteria that we know on Earth.

  • In August 1994 a strange, gelatinous rain pummeled the tiny town of Oakville, Washington, during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

  • The mysterious goo contained pseudomonas fluorescens and enterobacter cloaque, bacteria capable of causing serious illness.

  • Biologist Tim Davis analyzed the substance and found what he believed to be a eukaryiotic cell, a complex cell with a nucleus.

  • In July 2001, blood red rain fell on India. Godfrey Louis, a physicist at the Mahatma Gandhi University, studied the red rain and found what appeared to be biological cells.

  • On November 28, 2001 in Manchester, England, paranormal investigator Stephen Mara was called to investigate reports of lights falling from the sky. But what he found was completely unexpected: a gelatinous blob.

  • Star jelly sightings after meteor showers occur around the world.

  • Meteorite finds in the past prove that they can maintain a frozen core during entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Theoretically, anything frozen in this core could remain intact upon landing.

  • People have documented the phenomena of red rain and gelatinous rain with surprising frequency. Some of the reports date back to medieval times. Source