Researchers claim in the Venus clouds they found the gas that microbial life produces on Earth. The researchers have scrambled their brains to understand why phosphine, the toxic gas, is present in such amounts, but they cannot give any clarification of geological or chemical aspects.The mystery enhances the unimaginable probability that Venus, the earth’s planet nearest to the Sun, may have a presence spread over 30 kilometers in its dark yellow clouds.
There could not be much on what passes on Venus for land; the smooth volcanic plains are a hot enough to melt plumage to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. However, higher in the nuclei, acidity and pressures will be less severe – but still dull.
The clouds are much more acidic than anywhere on earth where bacteria live. And, instead of precipitation, the Venus Clouds contain sulfuric acidified droplets; the air is so waterless that the driest desert on Earth is also drier.
Overall , it appears to be a lifetime unlikely location. Nevertheless, astrobiologists and planetary scientists are talking about the latest article in Nature Astronomy journal. Two separate telescopes looked at Venus at two different times and saw the phosphin-unique chemical signature. If this gas is actually present, Venus would have volcanic or chemical effects, which nobody knows or alien life might live next door.
Venus resembles Earth in several respects. “Before its quite dramatic, runaway greenhouse effect, the surface was pretty habitable,” Clara Sousa-Silva, MIT. Clara, who describes that Venus might once have been populated and that life may maintain a fortified location in the clouds, has long been theory. In the 1960s even Carl Sagan had this notion.
If the discovery of phosphin reflects “the remains of some previous ecosystem, it would probably have been necessary for about one billion years to remain in the clouds” Kane reports.
“We do need to seriously consider that there is a much more natural geological explanation that we just haven’t figured out yet,” Kane says.
He states that when scientists discuss discovering “biosignatures” that might signify life’s future existence, the scientists focus on distant planets around stars other than our own. Kane argues that these planets are so distant that, in human lives, they are virtually difficult to attain, yet Venus is near.
“This is a test for us because in this case, we can go to Venus,” Kane says. “This is really an incredibly important test for the whole concept of biosignatures.”