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14-09-2020, 00:33   #1
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Possibility of microbial life on Venus

The Royal Astronomical Society are said to be making an announcement tomorrow. Rumours have been flying around about this, possibly being the discovery of life in our solar system. Namely on Venus.

There was a page pulled from the Earth Sky website, here is a cached version....

https://webcache.googleusercontent.c...ug5Z8_4DttmKW4

The announcement will be featured on the Sky at Night tomorrow on BBC4.

https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAstroS...58743402369521

Going live on Facebook at 4pm tomorrow.

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Surprised this hasn't made news headlines.

If there is life in our own solar system in addition to ours on another planet then what does that say about the probability of life in the rest of the universe - highly likely I'd say.
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Surprised this hasn't made news headlines.

If there is life in our own solar system in addition to ours on another planet then what does that say about the probability of life in the rest of the universe - highly likely I'd say.
It may do tomorrow just before the weather probably. If it is a peer reviewed announcement then it is a big deal!

Well it is already highly likely I would say. Even without there being a discovery in our Solar System, it would most definitely increase the odds of there being intelligent life elsewhere though.
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The Science Shed on Facebook:

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Press conference tomorrow afternoon.
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Surprised this hasn't made news headlines.

If there is life in our own solar system in addition to ours on another planet then what does that say about the probability of life in the rest of the universe - highly likely I'd say.
It's embargoed until this afternoon. Articles on this appeared on Friday, referring to an announcement on the 14th, and were taken down quickly.

I think the implication of life on our nextdoor neighbour increases the likelihood of more life in our solar system alone. I'd have thought it more likely for there to be life on moons like Europa, Enceladus or Callisto ahead of Venus. So if life has managed to come about in Venus, I think it increases the likelihood of it being possible on those moons.
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They found the chemical Phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.
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They found the chemical Phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.



Yeah at levels far exceeding what would be expected naturally, at the "Habitable" zone of the atmosphere
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They found the chemical Phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus.
Yes exactly lots of people hyping it up to beat the band! The levels they found would indicate microbial life, massive amounts of unnatural production i.e. a factory spewing it out could be the only other explanation.

If it is not microbial life then our understanding of how things work are about to come into question! Which is also a major deal - collectively we are not as smart as smart as we think we are.
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Yes exactly lots of people hyping it up to beat the band! The levels they found would indicate microbial life, massive amounts of unnatural production i.e. a factory spewing it out could be the only other explanation.

If it is not microbial life then our understanding of how things work are about to come into question! Which is also a major deal - collectively we are not as smart as smart as we think we are.
It's very exciting either way. Really looking forward to this announcement.
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That cached page from post #1 working for anyone else? seems to have either expired or was pulled by google.
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The Royal Astronomical Society are said to be making an announcement tomorrow. Rumours have been flying around about this, possibly being the discovery of life in our solar system. Namely on Venus.

There was a page pulled from the Earth Sky website, here is a cached version....

https://webcache.googleusercontent.c...ug5Z8_4DttmKW4

The announcement will be featured on the Sky at Night tomorrow on BBC4.

https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAstroS...58743402369521

Going live on Facebook at 4pm tomorrow.
There is nothing on BBC 4 tomorrow about The Sky at Night. I just looked.
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There is nothing on BBC 4 tomorrow about The Sky at Night. I just looked.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk7h

Special report at 10.30pm

see third box on the right

Showing on Virgin as 10.30
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This is huge news
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Yeah at levels far exceeding what would be expected naturally, at the "Habitable" zone of the atmosphere
That's the problem though: Terminology. I presume you mean non-biologically in that you mean that this was generated by living organisms.

"Not Natural" would lead many to believe this meant artificially.

Will be interesting to see alright. I put 50 euro on Paddy Power years ago about extraterrestrial life (conclusive proof of microbial life on Mars or Venus or Europa or wherever would pretty much mean life is abundant elsewhere is a distinctly average star can have live emerging on two planets.
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That's the problem though: Terminology. I presume you mean non-biologically in that you mean that this was generated by living organisms.

"Not Natural" would lead many to believe this meant artificially.

Will be interesting to see alright. I put 50 euro on Paddy Power years ago about extraterrestrial life (conclusive proof of microbial life on Mars or Venus or Europa or wherever would pretty much mean life is abundant elsewhere is a distinctly average star can have live emerging on two planets.
Come on, tell us the rest of it..... What odds did you get?
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