There may be alien life on Venus, and the signs are increasingly unambiguous. According to a new study published in the magazine Nature Astronomy, i researchers have detected phosphine spots in the planet's atmosphere. They are telltale signs, and they are in large enough quantities to rule out non-biological explanations.
In other words, seriously, we may have just found alien life in our solar system.
Possible signs of alien life detected on Venus, research
The researchers obviously emphasize the caution in not jumping to conclusions, also because at present there is no way to discover with certainty the meaning of the results. In their article, they also claimed that this detection is not direct evidence that there is alien life on Venus, but for now only "anomalous and inexplicable chemistry". And they add that additional work is needed to know for sure.
However, all other known explanations except the alien life hypothesis have been ruled out, such as back The Independent.
Presence of massive and confirmed phosphine
Here on Earth, phosphine is among the most toxic and smelly gases known. It smells like rotting fish and is found next to pond slime (and penguin droppings). Although it is also produced through some industrial processes, it is definitely a byproduct of anaerobic organisms such as microbes and bacteria.
This makes the researchers' discovery an excellent "biological signature" or scientific sign of life. Scientists have often in the past suggested large amounts of phosphine as a possible indicator of alien life. The confirmation now comes from the analysis of Venus. A planet already the subject of many studies, which it is believed to have been habitable before a planetary catastrophe that occurred millions of years ago, and with probable active volcanoes.
If there is life, it is very resilient
The surface of Venus is hot and acidic. This creates a unforgiving and inhospitable environment for life. At high atmospheric levels, however, the environment is considered to be more habitable: at about 56,3 km high conditions are more viable for life as we know it.
This is where phosphine gas is thought to be present. The clouds in this area are so acidic that they would rapidly clear the phosphine, so the permanence of the gas denotes that something must actively produce it in quantities not easily explained by non-biological alternatives, according to the researchers.
The team of researchers that may have discovered signs of alien life on Venus is led by Jane Greaves of Cardiff University. "Either the phosphine is produced by some sort of chemical or geological process that no one knows about, or there could be a biological reason", said Emily Drabik-Maunder, an author of the paper and an astrophysicist at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
That's all. Needless to say, I will follow the updates carefully,