Signs of Life on Venus: Scientists Discovered

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Signs of Life on Venus: Scientists Discovered
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A curious question always arises in the minds that are we alone in this solar system, or is there any life existing elsewhere?

Phosphine gas found on Venus, giving hopes to scientists that there can be the possibility of life on this planet. The finding has made several scientists and astronomers euphoric.

Investigating the evidence provided by the research is going to be very crucial, and it remains skeptical regarding these ominous happenings on the neighbouring planet.

A statement by an international team of astronomers regarding the discovery on Monday drew a lot of global excitement. The phosphine, a colorless, smelly gas is usually produced in industrial processes. It is also found in some species of bacteria that persevere in the absence of oxygen.

Significant observations are drawn from the research –

  • With this discovery, the notions of human life on Venus may come into the focus, but it is undoubtedly a fact that Venus’s atmosphere is downright untenable and diabolical for human life. Usually, day temperatures go up to 460 degree Celsius. Notwithstanding the claims, remains that almost 3 billion years ago, heat-trapping gases increased on the planet as the oceans evaporated.
  • The gas is toxic with a garlic-like odour and is discovered on Earth as well in the bodies of microorganisms. It is improbable to create artificially. Its dangerous implications are so that, terrorists use it in warfare.
  • As per the research, gas has been discovered on the clouds of Venus, and not on the surface. This, to a certain extent, indicates that there could be the existence of microorganism.

Is it really a sign?

To conclude if a living entity really produces the phosphine on Venus, geologists and chemists will be striving to recognize other effects and methods that could be alternative explanations.

Meantime, biologists will be analyzed to know the microbes that live in Venus-like conditions on Earth – with high temperatures, high levels of carbon dioxide, and high acidity. They will also focus on the ones that produce phosphine.