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The presence of phosphine gas suggests the potential for life within the clouds of Venus

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Sep 14, 2020

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Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus

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Abstract

The detection of ~20 ppb of phosphine in Venus clouds by observations in the millimetre-wavelength range from JCMT and ALMA is puzzling, because according to our knowledge of Venus, no phosphine should be there. As the most plausible formation paths do not work, the source could be unknown chemical processes—maybe even life?
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