A team of astronomers spotted the chemical fingerprint of phosphine, which upon research suggests the possibility of life in the clouds of Venus. Researchers claimed, there is no such guarantee to prove but it’s a tantalizing find implicates the need for more missions and findings.
Venus is a planet that is long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life. Although the recent findings build on the idea that the surface of Venus experience broiling temperatures and suppressing coercion, circumstances are much dulcet high up in the clouds.
Jane Greaves, an astronomer at the University of Cardiff in the U.K. and lead author of the new research wanted to look for phosphine as the chemical that could be a good biosignature, a compound for life. Tetyana Milojevic, a biochemist at the University of Vienna said that the phosphine link to the biological world is very, very faint and needs to be corroborated simply by going to the lab and doing experiments.
The researchers found that that phosphine has only been found near microbes, not produced by it and that the compound seems to be released by the chemical decay of biological material. Scientists need to understand whether and how microbes produce phosphine and can be used as a potential biosignature. Venus is now the fourth planet where scientists have detected phosphine, two gas giants and Earth.