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Researchers discover evidence of life on Venus

Researchers discover evidence of life on Venus.
Researchers discover evidence of life on Venus.

Astronomers have discovered scientific proof of life on Venus. The extraordinary discovery was announced by the Royal Astronomical Society in the livestream of their press conference. The molecules discovered in the atmosphere of the planet can only be produced by a living organism.

Do we now have the final proof of extraterrestrial life?

Video: Researchers from Great Britain, Japan and the USA have found possible evidence of life on Venus! 

They discovered a substance that is produced on Earth mainly by organisms that do not breathe oxygen.

The scientists had examined Venus with telescopes and discovered the gas phosphine in the clouds, according to a report in the journal "Nature Astronomy". On Earth, this can only be produced artificially in the laboratory or by microbes - and is therefore regarded here as proof of the existence of life.

Possible signs of life on Venus surface.
Possible signs of life on Venus surface.

Is it possible that the phosphine in the clouds of Venus was excreted by tiny organisms

The research team investigated various possible sources of the gas: 
  • Processes on the surface of Venus 
  • Tiny meteorites
  • Lightning strikes 
  • Or chemical processes in the clouds. 

However, none of them provided a logical explanation!

"We came to the conclusion that there is no known chemical or physical process that could be imagined as the origin of phosphine," explains Janusz Petkowski, one of the scientists involved from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). This means that there is at least the possibility that "something lives in the clouds of Venus".
On Venus it is extremely hot (468 degrees), there is a tremendous air pressure that would crush people, and the clouds consist mainly of sulfur and sulfuric acid.

However, at an altitude of about 50 kilometers or more, the clouds on Venus have temperatures that are considered "life-friendly" by earthly standards. This is where the researchers discovered the highest concentration of phosphine.

This study is exciting because it opens up two highly interesting possibilities

Either there is a chemical process there that we do not understand, or there could be life in the clouds. But this also shows how little we know about Venus.