mystery green space slime

A “weird” green slime, said to occur during meteor showers, has been found on grass banks close to pools and lakes at Ham Wall Reserve, a wildlife park in Somerset, UK. This green jelly substance measuring usually about 10cm (4in) in diameter, baffles nature experts. Nobody seems to know what it is! It could be bacteria (cyanobacteria called Nostoc), fungus (crystal brain fungus), amphibian (toad or frog) innards, star jelly or astral jelly, a weird substance occuring during meteor showers in folklore. This time, folklore could become true since piles of this green space slime appeared last week, following the meteor strike over Russia and the DA-14 asteroid fly-by. Do not touch it and report it if you discover some more. – News Sky

Here a few thoughts about this jelly:

In records dating back to the 14th Century this green slime was known variously as star jelly, astral jelly or astromyxin and is deposited in the wake of meteor showers.

One suggested it was neither animal nor plant, and another that it didn’t contain DNA, although it does give the appearance of something ‘living’.

Our reserve team will be looking out for the slime over the next few days, but if anyone can offer any explanations we’d be glad to hear.

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