Scientists are Detecting Signs of Alien Life on Venus

Artist's impression of molecule found on Venus

Another member of the team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology molecular astrophysicist Clara Sousa Silva, has investigated phosphine as a "biosignature" gas of non-oxygen-using life on planets around other stars.

According to the researchers, the known abiotic processes are unlikely to have produced the abundances of phosphine - around 20 parts per billion (ppb) - found in the Venusian cloud decks.

The search for phosphine in Venus's atmosphere began in 2016 and included separate data collected from ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. But their research was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic and the limited time Venus spends above Earth's horizon. The new discovery, led by Cardiff University and including Imperial College London researchers, is described today in a paper in Nature Astronomy.

This research was led by an global team leading by Jane Greaves from Cardiff University. On our neighboring planet Venus, it rains with sulphuric acid, the atmosphere is nearly completely made of carbon dioxide, the surface temperature is 467 degrees Celsius, and the atmospheric pressure is 93 bar (9.3 MPa), meaning the same pressure that's found 900 m (3,000 ft) underwater on Earth.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has called for prioritising Venus after astronomers detected sign of alien life in the atmosphere of the planet.

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Advocating for a safe return to school will be central to the NDP's focus in the legislature, Stiles said. Add the increased social gatherings in Stage 3 of reopening, and there's a cyclical effect, he says.

Could there be life on Venus? "It's time to prioritize Venus", he added.

The team believes their discovery is significant because they can rule out many alternative ways to make phosphine, but they acknowledge that confirming the presence of "life" needs a lot more work. The discovery raises many questions, such as how any organisms could survive.

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.

"If life can survive in that, then that might mean life is more common in the universe than we ever thought before".

When it comes to extraterrestrial life in space, the focus has predominantly been on Mars. The observations were made on 6 May 2016, when the spacecraft saw the whole planet illuminated.

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