Aliens Exist? Astronomers Detect Potential Signs of Life on Venus

Scientists find possible hint of alien life in traces of gas on Venus

An global team of astronomers Monday announced the discovery of a rare gas molecule - phosphine - in the clouds of Venus, which may be the first solid evidence of extraterrestrial life in the solar system.

He called the discovery of phosphine the most important event that may indicate the existence of extraterrestrial life.

It's true, scientists at Cardiff University have discovered a rare molecule - phosphine - in the clouds of Venus.

The team first used the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii to detect the phosphine, and were then awarded time to follow up their discovery with 45 antennae of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.

In addition to being on Earth, phosphine has been found in the atmospheres of Saturn and Jupiter, but Stone pointed out that the chemistry of gas planets and rocky planets, like Earth and Venus, are different enough to make Monday's announcement significant. They published the result of their research in the journal Nature.

The new findings are cited as a tantalising sign of potential life beyond Earth, and sparked a lot of reactions on social media.

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An worldwide team of researchers announced Monday morning its detection of phosphine in the clouds on Venus. She said finding it on Venus is exciting and extraordinary.

Venus, the Evening Star, may gleam prettily in our night sky, but up close it's about as inhospitable as a rocky planet can be, with sulphuric acid rains, a suffocating Carbon dioxide atmosphere, and a surface atmospheric pressure up to 100 times greater than Earth's.

For planetary science enthusiasts, of course, the idea of looking for life or even a new home for humans in the clouds of Venus isn't new. It's so hot, and so dry, the pressure's so huge...we think life is gonna be anywhere but Venus.

TIME points out that several experts, including Cornell University astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger and Justin Filiberto, a planetary geochemist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, agreed that while this is interesting, it is by no means absolute proof of life on another planet. The discovery raises many questions, such as how any organisms could survive. Professor Sara Seager and Dr Janusz Petkowski, also both at MIT, are investigating how microbes could shield themselves inside droplets.

The gases found in the clouds can only be described by the way that the acidic clouds can easily destroy any phosphine. The sign is represented by traces of phosphine, a toxic gas that shouldn't be present judging by what scientists knew previously about Venus. The observations were made on 6 May 2016, when the spacecraft saw the whole planet illuminated.

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