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Coloured rains put SL on NASA radar screen

Thursday, 10 January 2013 - 11:32 PM SL Time

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

An Astrobiologist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of America, Prof. Richard B. Hoover, has volunteered to conduct experiments regarding the coloured rains experienced in several parts of the country recently.

Medical Research Institute (MRI) Director General Dr. Anil Samaranayaka yesterday told The Island that Prof. Richard B. Hoover had informed Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe in writing of his wiliness to conduct the experimental work.

Some parts of the country witnessed spells of coloured rain over the past weeks, prompting researchers to launch a formal investigation.

According to reports, red rain was reported on November 14 from the Sevenagala area and on November 15 from the Moneragala and Manampitiya areas. Blue rain had fallen at Saliypura in Anuradhapura recently.

Dr. Samaranayaka said that the MRI had received samples of rainwater collected from the areas where the red rain was reported and the MRI expected samples of blue rain to reach the institute shortly.

The tests on water samples of the Red, Yellow and Green coloured rain waters had already been conducted and The MRI had decided to conduct medical tests regarding the Blue rains as well, Dr. Samaranayaka said.

Responding to a query Dr. Samaranayaka said that the scientists would not be able to say anything until the analysis was completed.

Meanwhile, the tests on samples of red and yellow rains and parts of meteorites that fell in several areas of the country recently are being conducted in the Harvard and Buckinghamshire Universities in the US and England.

Coloured rain was reported from some other parts of the world in the past. Similar rains were reported from Kerala, India in 2001 and most recently in June 2012. According to the recently released reports the rainwater turned red possibly due to spores of algae or similar organism.

Experts said the most likely reason was the presence of dust in the atmosphere which colours the water. They said yellow rain could be due to sand or the presence of pollen in the air and it was the reason given for coloured rain in Afghanistan a few years ago.

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Aren't the Chinese the artificial rain specialists?

Maybe our guys were so desperately looking for the dry period to stop and now they cannot read the user manual in Mandarin to stop the rain!

Well, it's really a bad start of the year!
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This is a supernatural phenomenon. Rainbow rain is a blessing to the people.
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Ammo House sir Dewey Sir

You bettama look out for them Martians in Lake Geneva and Missisipi River or Miamai Beach

Becos when we small Vilej boyz H.G Wells wrote The War of the Worlds

Them Martians come and cover the earth in red weed

No no not Green weed like in Nimbin
Red red weed

youkno youkno sirla

Yangtze river turned red
A river in Beruit turned red
Surf in Bondi Beach in Sydney turned red
Rain in Monaragala turned red
All this happan in 2012

And and that Biology man in Kerala say red rain had outr of this world ameeba

If Ameeba came from Mars them Martians too no
So this mustma be a Martian invasion

NASA mustma be thinking
Aaa we sent message to aliens in Voyager back in 1977
say come come aliens
sit sit
we talk we talk
we verima nice pepol on earth

NASA put animal sounds, Chuck Berry Beethovan Music, Porn on the Golden record and sent in Voyager

And now them come
Maibbe them liked porn
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Sllibiris: Did Nasa really send Porn? LOL.

Red rain is apparently due to algae.

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Aiyo no sirla
Silibiris no say this
A German Sexpert say this
Me jes cut and paappa the stori jesma like Jolly sir
Aaa that remin me
Where where Jolly sir
Still flying Kfirs?

Aliens 'hijack' Nasa's Voyager 2 spacecraft, claims expert Telegraph

Aliens have hijacked a Nasa spacecraft and are using it to try to contact earth, a UFO expert has claimed
Hartwig Hausdorf, a German academic, believes that the reason Voyager 2, an unmanned probe that has been in space since 1977, is sending strange messages that are confusing scientists, is because it has been taken over by extraterrestrial life.
Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been sending streams of data back to Earth for study by scientists, but on April 22, 2010, that stream of information suddenly changed.
Nasa claimed that a software problem with the flight data system was the cause but Mr Hausdorf believes it could be the work of aliens.
This is because all other parts of the spacecraft appear to be functioning fine.
He told the German newspaper Bild: 'It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth.

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Aaa Dewey sir

When them say this
To a Kolonnawe Pelihouse man
its Porn

To explain reproduction, NASA approved a drawing of the human sex organs and images chronicling conception to birth

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Aaa sirla
You can search You Tube using these titles

UFO Sighting in Wellawaya, Sri Lanka

UFO Found in Iranawila Sky, Sri Lanka
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I am sure if there is no political circus going on, our deshapremis would have blamed NGOs for the coloured rain as a part of international conspiracy.
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Well, I'm sure there must be some scientific explanation for all this.
In Geneva we had a few strange situations with cars being covered by a thin layer of colored sand after a rainy period. This phenomenon was later identified as the rest of a sand storm that traveled from the African Sahara to certain parts of Europe.
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Just seen this in The Watchers:

Sri Lanka red rain mystery solved

Residents of Sevenagala and Indikolapelessa in the Moneragala District, area in the southeastern parts of the island, witnessed an unusual phenomenon on November 14/15, 2012. Rare showers of red rain fell for over 15 minutes in Sewanagala, Monaragala and Manampitiya and Polonnaruwa. Initial report from a senior official from the Department of Meteorology said the red rain was not a natural phenomena and the reason could be some chemicals that had been released from the factories, getting mixed with the clouds. South bound winds could possibly carry pollen grains or spores to Sri Lanka from South India, but the wind was flowing in a different direction. Furthermore, attributing the colour to chemical pollution would not be a satisfactory explanation, as Sri Lanka does not have much in the way of chemical factories according to Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology. It was possible to experience a similar phenomenon when a tornado passes low over a waterfall, taking up soil particles, which would later fall with the rain.

Residents collected red rain (Credit:

Some of the usual reasons for red rain are increase in the acidity of the air and sand material from dust storms. However, there are no sand storms in Sri Lanka. India had red rain last year in Kerala and most recently in June 2012, and Indian scientists discovered a variety of micro organisms as a reason for the red rains. Since the micro organisms had no DNA, they guessed it had to be a strange phenomenon.

Mystery solved

Medical Research Institute (MRI) Director Dr Anil Samaranayake was deployed by The Health Ministry Secretary to conduct a study to ascertain the reasons for red rain by taking water samples from Monaragala and Polonnaruwa. The Ministry of Health reported the red rain experienced in certain areas is due to the presence bacteria of the trachelomonas algae species. Medical Research Institute in Borella and Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology conducted laboratory tests which indicated that the change in the rainwater s color was caused due to the presence bacteria of the trachelomonas algae specie. Most commonly found within soil, the bacteria are said to diverse between red and green colors. Experiments carried out at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLIN) proved conclusively that the cause for the unusual colour of the rain was the presence of a unicellular micro-organism belonging to Kingdom Protista, of the Phylum Euglenozoa, known as Trachelomonas. Trachelomonas was the main cause of reddish downpours in other regions of the world as well.

The testing, which has been done confirms the presence of living organisms in the water. It was observed that these organisms stopped all movement when exposed to light. media spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MoH) W.M.D. Wanninayaka

An outer shell-like covering known as a Lorica is possessed by this organism, which can have a colour ranging from yellow to reddish-brown, depending on the concentration of the iron salts found within it. The Medical Research Institute (MRI) said there was no health hazard for people from the red rain experienced in Manampitiya, Sevanagala and Indikolapelessa.

Red rain collected in coconut shell bucket (Credit:

According to Ministry of Health, the local phenomenon had no relationship whatsoever to the red rain of Kerala which was very thick, almost blood like. The local red rain does not bear any resemblance to it in texture. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Astrobiological Center at the Buckingham University, England said the recent phenomenon of red rain in Sri Lanka is reportedly similar to the red rain in Kerala in 2011 and 2009 which definitely had some cosmic connection. Director General of the , S.H. Kariyawasam, also said the red rain witnessed in Sri Lanka most probably did not have the same origin as the Kerala rains, as the current direction of wind flow was towards the west.

Extraterrestrial origin theory

During testing of the red rain of Kerala, microscopic, spherical, cellular structures were noticed in the water, which were apparently lacking in DNA, a fact which has baffled scientists. This lack of DNA lead to the extraterrestrial origin theory, formulated by scientists Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar, but no conclusive proof regarding their hypotheses have been obtained.

We are not going to lean towards an extraterrestrial origin theory regarding this rain. Additional tests of a biochemical nature are being done, and we hope to learn more from these tests. media spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MoH) W.M.D. Wanninayaka

Incidents where water bodies all over the world have been turning red have been reported for some time now. While most of these occurrences, including the red rain of Sri Lanka, have been given sufficient explanations by scientists, some isolated incidents remain a mystery. The DNA-less structures observed by them had allegedly displayed a number of remarkable characteristics, atypical of those displayed by any known micro-organisms. These properties had included the ability to replicate and multiply at extreme temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius, and the ability to be cultured in unconventional substrate materials.

As far as the Kerala red rain is concerned, there is a mysterious microorganism that has defied identification so far. We have not been able to convincingly extract any DNA from them and Prof Louis has maintained that there is no DNA, but it can multiply at very high temperatures under high pressure conditions. I think there are all the signs of an alien bug! The Kerala red rain was preceded by a sonic boom that was heard, probably indicating that a fragment of a comet exploded in the atmosphere and unleashed the red cells that became incorporated in rain. I suspect the same could be true of the Sri Lankan rain, but I would like to have samples to confirm this. I should also say that reports of red rain are found throughout history all the way back to biblical times. I think this could be more evidence for cometary panspermia theory. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Astrobiological Center at the Buckingham University

Sources: Ceylon Today, Digatha News, OnLanka News, Adedarana,
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