Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Post by VG_Addict » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:32 pm

A potentially huge discovery was made today.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... es/616342/
After the moon, Venus is the brightest object in the night sky, gleaming like a tiny diamond in the darkness. The planet is so radiant because of its proximity to Earth, but also because it reflects most of the light that falls across its atmosphere, more than any other world in the solar system.

Something really weird is happening in those clouds.

Scientists revealed today that they have detected traces of a gas in the Venusian atmosphere that, according to everything they understand about Venus, shouldn’t be there. They considered many explanations for what could be producing the gas, known as phosphine, and settled on an explanation guided by what they know about our own planet. On Earth, phosphine—a toxic gas—is produced by microorganisms.

“As crazy as it might sound, our most plausible explanation is life,” Clara Sousa-Silva, a molecular astrophysicist at MIT and one of the authors of the new study, told me.

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Re: Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Post by Deku Tree » Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:46 pm

Kinda think that if a place like Venus can have life, it's likely to be on a lot of planets.

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Re: Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Post by steeze » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:37 am

Right?^ Considering how hot and how strong gravity is those have to be some hardy little organisms if they exist.

Although given the year we should definitely not try anything funny in the next few months if we find life. Headlines would be "Container breaks at JFK with microbes from Venus that escaped into the facility, exposure will result in brain eating amoebas "

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Re: Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Post by CaptHayfever » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:08 am

^Microorganisms evolved to thrive in a super hot, super dense, sulfuric atmosphere would probably die quickly here.

And remember, "I'm-a Luigi, number one!"

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Post by steeze » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:36 am

Not if we kept them in Florida.

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Re: Possible signs of life on Venus.

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:44 pm

Or California.




What?




Too soon?

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