Scientists Detect Apparent Sign of Life on Venus in ‘Astonishing and Out of the Blue’ Finding

Scientists Detect Apparent Sign of Life on Venus in ‘Astonishing and Out of the Blue’ Finding


The solar system has handed scientists a new mystery with the discovery of a chemical in the clouds of Venus that could be a sign of life.

The discovery is not proof that the equivalent of little green men are cavorting on a planet where the surface temperature is around 800 degrees Fahrenheit and the atmospheric pressure is a crushing 90 times what it is on Earth.

But the discovery of the chemical has led scientists to theorize that the gas was produced by something living, according to The New York Times.

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A study about the discovery published in the journal Nature Astronomy said that the researchers “report the apparent presence of phosphine (PH3) gas in Venus’s atmosphere, where any phosphorus should be in oxidized forms,” adding that research offered “no other plausible identification.”

“The presence of PH3 is unexplained after exhaustive study of steady-state chemistry and photochemical pathways, with no currently known abiotic production routes in Venus’s atmosphere, clouds,

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