A crazy news appeared out of the blue to cheer us up this Monday, this month and even the whole year. Few things have the ability to amaze and excite us like the new astronomical discoveries and in this 2020 we finally had a moment to celebrate: European and American scientists they found signs of life on Venus.
In addition to this amazing finding, they discovered that it is very likely that the second planet in the Solar System — in order of distance — stinks of lightning.
“There is a possibility that we have found signs of life in the clouds of Venus”, commented the professor Jane Greaves, from Cardiff University, in a virtual press conference in which, net, he could not even hide the emotion.
The reason for this joy is because scientists believe they have discovered traces of a gas called phosphine (PH3) in the clouds of our neighboring planet.
And what do you eat with or why so excited? Well, it turns out that phosphine (PH3) that they found on the surface of Venus is a gas that, on Earth, is produced by microorganisms that live in environments where there is no oxygen. “This opens up the possibility that we would detect living organisms in the clouds of Venus,” celebrated Professor Jane Greaves.
Under normal conditions – we don’t know how it works on our neighboring planet – this colorless gas is flammable and has a strong garlic smell or similar to decomposing fish. Gross.
The importance of this discovery on Venus
The conditions of Venus They are extremely complicated, to say the least.
Although it is farther from the Sun than Mercury, the rocky planet named after the goddess of love has the highest temperature in the entire Solar System. In addition to the mentioned caloron that exceeds 470 degrees Celsius, it has an atmospheric pressure equivalent to being 1,600 meters under the sea. In other words, it was incompatible with all kinds of known life.
However, as explained by the European and American scientists who presented this morning at the Royal Astronomical Society, there is a possibility that some microbes have escaped from the surface and took refuge in the acid clouds of Venus.
Although there are other chemical methods to produce phosphine, the amount found in Venus it is thousands of times higher than expected and could only be explained, they say, with biological processes.
The celebrations are extensive – just watch the scientists smile at the press conference – but in the studio they are a bit cautious. Although they do publicly admit that the presence of phosphine it is an indication of chambeting microorganisms, they said: “The detection of PH3 is not a solid proof of life, only of anomalous chemistry that we cannot explain”.
Who are these scientists who just broke it?
Well, as we were saying, the presentation of the Royal Astronomical Society It was carried out by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University, but the study involved a whole host of other scientists from virtually the entire world.
They worked with telescopes located in Hawaii and supplemented the information with others located in Chile, operated by American, European, Japanese and other Asian specialists. Many of the scientists who published this study in the journal participated in the press conference this Monday, September 14 Nature Astronomy.
The best of all? Some sentences about this discovery were thrown in Venus that you’re going back However, we are left with the one who said William Bains, expert of Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from MIT.
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“There are two possibilities. The first is an unknown reaction that phosphine is creating on Venus. The second, the exciting one, is that it could be life, “she said.
Do you want to read the full study? It’s published HERE.