News Highlights: Possible Life On The Planet Venus

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September 14, 2020

  • Phosphine is colorless repulsive-smelling gas of hydrogen and phosphorus, similar to ammonia, usually used as a fumigant to repel insects in agriculture.
  • Venus is the second planet from the sun, with a surface very high in temperature and covered with clouds.
  • Researchers detected phosphine molecules in the atmosphere of Venus.
  • Data was obtained from James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
  • The data suggests “aerial” extraterrestial life is possible due to the phosphine detection.
  • The detected phosphine can be found in the region that is considered by some to be life supporting.
  • The surface of Venus can reach temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit but there are few layers in the atmosphere which are quite nice.
  • Recent research suggested that there is hope for microbial life on eons aloft in Venusian vapors.
  • Although there is little possibility of existing life near the surface of Venus, the altitudes about 50 km above the surface have a mild temperature, and hence there are still some opinions in favor of such a possibility in the atmosphere of Venus.
  • Recent studies from 2019 inferred that Venus may have had water on the surface and a habitable condition for around 3 billion years and may have been in this condition until 700 to 750 million years ago.
  • Official press release has not been issued.


“Venus May Have Been Habitable for Three Billion Years | Planetary Science |”Breaking Science News | Retrieved 24 September 2019.

Venus as a Natural Laboratory for Search of Life in High Temperature Conditions: Events on the Planet on March 1, 1982 Archived 7 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine, L. V. Ksanfomality, published in Astronomicheskii Vestnik, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2012 Archived4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.

Landis, Geoffrey A. (2003). “Astrobiology: the Case for Venus” (PDF). Journal of the British Interplanetary Society56 (7/8): 250–254. Bibcode:2003JBIS…56..250L. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2011.

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