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Is life floating in the clouds of Venus? – BBC News

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It’s an extraordinary opportunity: the idea that living things are floating in the clouds of the planet Venus. But this is what astronomers cannot explain after detecting a gas in the atmosphere. This gas is phosphine – a molecule made up of one phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms. On earth, phosphine is associated with life, with microbes living in the intestines of animals such as penguins, or in low-oxygen environments, such as swamps. Sure, you can do it industrially, but there are no factories on Venus; and there are certainly no penguins. So why is this gas 50 kilometers from the planet’s surface? Professor Jane Greaves, from Cardiff University in the UK and colleagues are asking this question. #BBCOS #BBCOutsideSource Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog .

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