reply to post by Soapusmaximus
Well I understand certain pundits and celebrity scientists might try to discredit Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe , I assume the Chandra xray observatory
is named after him? So he can't be considered a kook everywhere.
Well, actually, pretty much all
mainstream scientists consider him a kook.
And the Chandra x-ray observatory is actually named after Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, not Chandra Wickramasinghe. That's a common misconception.
The bbc has a nice old documentary about red rain in india , with the view it may have been space organism's, Wickramasinghe was interviewed for that
I remember doing some research in this area. If I recall correctly, he speculated that the red particles in the red rain were actually
biological organisms. He claims to have grown the organisms in the lab, but apparently he won't provide proof.
I think the final accepted theory for the "red rain" was a massive influx of red spores from some neighboring country blown in by some uncommon
wind. These spores were captured by the rain and deposited en masse.
What I found interesting was that Wickramasinghe, et al.
wrote an entire paper presenting their findings and theories. IIRC, this theory was
presented in some weatherman's blog. That doesn't demonstrate much respect for Dr. Wickramasinghe's theories.
On the other hand, I recall doing some back-of-the-envelope calculations that made me question the accepted theory. I don't think that theory
accounts for the sheer volume of spores necessary to produce the observed effect within the time-frame of the event.
I've read a lot of the criticisms of Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, his methods, his theories, and his attitude. Some are valid, but I find a lot of
them to be "cheap shots." He doesn't play nice with the establishment, and they rake him over the coals every chance they get.
I've also read several of his papers which are available on the web. It's pretty dense material, and there are lots of references. Assuming the
images and test results are not fraudulent, the theories presented seem plausible. I try to keep an open mind.