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Aliens — do they exist? There might be signs of life close to home, on Venus, and I’m shook.
Let me save you a Google trip — Venus is our neighboring planet on the side closer to the sun, and researchers have found phosphine gas on the planet.
Phosphine gas is a horrendous smelling gas, akin to dead fish rotting in the sun, and it can be found on earth in pond slime, and the poop of penguins.
On a related note — have you ever smelled the poop of penguins. OMG! It is the most FOUL smell ever!! Like, I have to flat-out cover my nose in the penguin cage at the zoo!!
The discovery is not a direct observation of life on another planet. But the sheer quantity of phosphine on Venus cannot be explained through any known process, leading researchers to suggest that it is a sign of alien life in our solar system.Independent
The conditions on the surface of Venus are HOT (it is closer to the Sun than Earth) and very acidic. That wouldn’t lend itself well to life as we know it.
In the upper atmosphere of Venus, however, there is a more temperate climate, and it is possible that life might live in this area.
An international team of researchers led by Jane Greaves from Cardiff University reported the findings in an article, Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus, published in Nature Astronomy today.Independent
There is simply no other known explanation for the formation of these gases in this upper atmosphere. If the gases dip too much into the clouds of Venus, this Phosphine would be destroyed by the acidic nature of the planet.
These most certainly wouldn’t be aliens like we see in the movies, but more of a biological organism (a biological reason for the gas).
OR, there could be a chemical reason for this Phosphine, that we just don’t understand or know about here on Earth.
“Our study isn’t conclusive that this is evidence of life. However, what is exciting about it is that we’ve found this rare gas in the upper atmosphere of Venus.”Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astrophysicist from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and an author on the paper
“It’s a step on the way to potentially the discovery of life of some kind in the upper atmosphere of Venus. But we have many, many more steps to go before we can say there’s life on Venus.”David Clements, a scientist at Imperial College London and author on the paper
Obviously, the BEST way to see if there is life on Venus, would be to send something into the atmosphere of the planet, to see what can be found. I can’t wait to see if we are able to do this! The thought just about blows my mind!
We will be anxiously waiting to see if anything comes of this discovery!!