Did we just find life on Venus?

The interview was discussed a lot yesterday after some news leaked from the British Royal Astronomical Society. (There is not a source for leaks that you would normally see here.) The results of a study of the upper atmosphere of the planet Venus have led to some startling conclusions that scientists have included in the plan to announce later today. The long and short result of this is that they have discovered significant amounts of phosphine in the Venusian upper atmosphere. This chemical compound composed of one simple phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms should not be found in large quantities in Venus’s atmosphere for its simple reason. This is most (though not exclusive) as a result of the breakdown of organic materials. In other words… life. Can something really survive in Venus’s atmosphere? A brief description of astrobiology.com is as follows.

[A]Ccording to experts from several sources has been discovered with details of the declaration in Venus’s atmosphere. Its presence suggests – reveals – some strange chemistry since phosphine is something you’d only expect to see if life (as we know) was involved in it.

The presence of phosphine has been viewed by many astrologers as a “biosignature”, that is, an indicator of the possible presence of life. It was detected by the Atacama (ALMA) array in Chile and the James Clerk Maxwell telescope in Hawaii. The research team includes members from the University of Manchester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cardiff University. A paper will be printed in the September 14 issue of Nature Astronomy.

Both MIT and Cardiff University seem quite excited about this. They have been studying the data for some time, trying to find some non-biological sources that can see phosphine levels and they are drawing a blank. And if we eliminate other possible sources, the only thing seems to be some form of life in Venus’s upper atmosphere.

In this leaked video, MIT astronomer Janusz Petkowski explains how they are quite confident that we are on something and have no explanation (yet) apart from life.

So this is crazy, isn’t it? Life on Venus? Well … maybe it’s not as crazy as it sounds at first. A popular and admirable theory among astronomers is that billions of years ago, Venus saw Earth a lot in its early stages. There may have been suitable conditions for liquid water and life for several billion years until about 750 million years ago, when everything had gone to literal hell in an arm streak. So perhaps life originated there and some remnants of the planetary biology of Venus are roaming in the upper atmosphere of the planet, which is actually quite hospitable compared to the conditions on the surface. It is filled with water vapor and other random particles and the temperature is pleasantly warm above the Venusian surface.

But with that said, you are asking Venusian to take it seriously. When I said that things had literally gone to hell, I was not exaggerating. The Soviet Union conducted dozens of investigations on Venus between 1967 and 1983, sending back videos and environmental data. They found that there was a planet with a surface temperature of about 900 degrees Fahrenheit, a partially molten surface, and an almost constant state of precipitation. There is no water except “rain”. It is sulfuric acid.

At some point, the planet may be habitable, but it spiraled into an out-of-control greenhouse effect, which completely changed it. (We don’t know why this happened, but for now, I’ll just assume that the Venusian fracking program was insufficiently regulated by their global government.) Did some germs find that survival in more pleasant circumstances was a The method can be found. Upper atmosphere for this time? Maybe.

But there is another possible explanation to consider. Remember the Soviet investigations I mentioned above? Couldn’t it be possible that some Earth microbes stopped one or more of those rides as soon as the atmosphere was examined, and basically watered the clouds with a starter kit for life? To find this out, I am guessing that we should have and be able to collect and return some samples. If they have the same DNA as microbes found on Earth, then our answer may be. But if they are something almost completely different, then the case can be made for a true Venusian origin, and not That Some interesting conversation? Of course, if you believe in the Panspermia hypothesis (as I do), then the Milky Way is probably substandard with life and it all shares some common ancestor, modifying through evolution to fit the environment where it Is the land.

The official announcement from the British Astronomical Society will be made later this morning on their Facebook page. stay tuned.