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Studies show that the hottest planet in the solar system could harbour life. Here’s how

Nandita Patra

In a surprising turn of events, astronomers have found a gas in Venus's atmosphere that could indicate the presence of extra-terrestrial life on earths twin planet.
Venus is also called ‘earths twin’ because they are similar in their mass, size and composition. The major factor that distinguishes it from Earth is that it has an irresistibly high temperature, unlike Earth
When we checked in last, Venus's carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere and increased temperature, as mentioned before, made the planets surface inhospitable and hostile to the presence of any type of life.
But now, the astronomers have presented the possibility that the clouds encircling Venus could
support microbial life.
A new study has found traces of phosphine in the upper clouds of Venus. Phosphine is a highly flammable and corrosive gas also found on Earth. On Earth, phosphine is found as a result of production either by the laboratory people or anaerobic bacteria. Hence, the traces of phosphine on
Venus are most likely to have been birthed from a living organism. The authors who conducted the study stated that they were unable to ascertain the origin of phosphine, but they said that none of the conceivable activities that they investigated, including the volcanic activity on Venus, could explain the presence of such large amounts of the gas that they found.
NASA Administrator- Jim Bridenstine says that it is “the most significant development yet in building the case for life off Earth.”
“It’s time to prioritise Venus”, he tweeted on Monday.
Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. Its average surface temperature is blistering 880
degrees Fahrenheit(which amounts to 471 degrees Celsius).These shockingly high temperatures along with the intensity of carbon dioxide makes the planet incapable of hosting any sort of life on it. But some researchers suggest that though Venus's surface
may not be hospitable to life, the clouds that encircle the planet may host microbial life.

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