Skip to comments.We've Found Possible Signs of Life in Venus's Clouds. Whoa.
Posted on 09/14/2020 5:55:18 PM PDT by bitt
Researchers have discovered the molecule phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.
The molecule indicates that life may exist in the acidic clouds high above our sister planet.
The discovery of phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere could signal a rejuvenated interest in the planet, which has long been ignored in favor of other locales in the solar system.
A mystery lurks in the clouds high above the stifling surface of our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. Researchers have announced they've found traces of phosphine, a molecule potentially generated by living things, in the planet's clouds.
Planetary scientists have long speculated that Venus's cloudy atmosphere could harbor life. The surface of Venus is inhospitable, with surface temperatures exceeding 800 degrees Fahrenheit. No probe sent to the planetand there have been severalhas survived for longer than a few hours. But the planet's atmosphere, which is composed of plush layers of sulfuric acid clouds, may present a unique cradle for burgeoning lifeforms.
"We know that the molecule phosphine is a biomarker on Earth," astronomer Jane Greave, of Cardiff University in Wales, said in a pre-recorded statement released by the Royal Astronomical Society. "It's been suggested that there are possible habitats in the cloud decks of Venus, so somewhere where little lifeforms could live."
To be clear, this latest discovery doesn't explicitly confirm the existence of life on another world, but it's the closest we've ever come. The researchers, who published their findings today in the journals Nature Astronomy and Astrobiology, say the only explanations for the molecule are it's either being produced by a living thing, or it's generated through some chemical process currently unknown to science.
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I have no doubt there is life on Venus. My ex-wife used to tell me she was from Venus and I was from Mars. The latter is debatable, but the former not. She was out of this world.
Popular had time to spend on this? I thought they wanted to tear down more historical statues. Hope everyone at popular mechanics dies.
And they thought Covid was bad...
We’ve found possible signs of life in Biden’s brain
A molecule is a “possible sign of life”, but an unborn baby isn’t.
Who ever heard of someone being abducted by Venutians?
Venereal life forms were found living on Venus?
Good thing they didn’t search Uranus.
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up. (Twilight Zone)
Popular Mechanics is writing about their invisible friend who lives in the clouds.
Releasing this to the public is scientific malpractice since the odds of this being due to life is near zero. And if it were due to life the most likely source would be contamination from Earth.
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