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Is There Life On Venus?

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Is There Life On Venus

With the exciting discovery of phosphine on Venus taking up our news feeds, the question remains; is there life on the planet Venus? The presence of phosphine is a hard indicator that there very possibly could be. It would likely be microbial life, but there could be life there nonetheless. We've had our eyes on Mars, but perhaps we should have been looking to our other close neighbor. What's more, there has been high speculation that life may be able to exist in the upper atmosphere. There are areas in the atmosphere that are cooler than on the surface. Venus has largely been ignored, and it seems now like that may have been a problem. We should reconsider the potential of this hostile world.


What Does It Mean?

If there is life on Venus, we should ask ourselves; what does that mean? First of all, we would need to question where life on Earth began. If there is life on Venus, then it is possible that life could have originated there on Venus. Tardigrades, for example, can survive in space. It would, therefore, be possible for life to have traveled from Venus - if there is life over there at all. We have imagery from the surface of Venus, so it would likely only be microbial life on the planet. It took a long time for multicellular life to develop here on Earth. Would it also be possible that life could have transferred from Earth to Venus? If life exists at all on Venus, we'd be given so many more questions to meditate.

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We may also be capable of getting closer to answering some questions about life as we know it to be. For one, if there is life on Venus; is it possible that heavy atmospheres are necessary to the protection, or even production, of life? If there is life on Venus, there will likewise be more questions to ask than will be immediately answered. The real question would be; why is there life where it is? If there is life on Venus, we'd have so many questions about why this could be. Have there been similar chemical soups on both planets? Is there something else that is needed for the development of life? We would want to know how the formation of life began. We already possess this question without a clear and precise answer. Life on another world could help us in our quest for answers. We would be able to compare the planets, and ponder if life developed separately. Convergent evolution takes place on Earth, so the development of similar things in similar places is not unheard of. If life developed at least twice, then we could further wonder about the possible formations of life. Life on Venus could also indicate that life is abundant in the universe. Though, we'd have to ask if our corner of the universe is simply more ripe for producing life. Perhaps microbial life is common, but macrobiology is not. There are so many questions, and life on Venus would only create many more.


Life On Venus

At the moment, we just aren't sure. There could be life there, or there could be phenomena there that we aren't familiar with just yet. We just don't know yet. Hopefully, some probe will someday be sent to test for life. Until then, we leave things to the imagination.

© 2020 Alexander James Guckenberger


Kalpana Iyer from India on October 08, 2020:

I truly believe there is life outside our planet. Maybe not on a planet that we are familiar with or where we have been able to reach and navigate till now. The universe is so vast. I find it difficult to believe we are the only ones out there that made it. What if there is a planet where there are beings more evolved than us? I guess we will never know in this lifetime.

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on October 05, 2020:

We may need to take samples. Seeing the presence of phosphine is a strong indicator of life, because it is only made on earth through microbial life.

Laura Guckenberger on October 05, 2020:

Would we be able to recognize life if we saw it there?

Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on October 03, 2020:

Pamela Oglesby,

The new thought is that life may be able to survive in the upper atmosphere, where it is relatively cooler.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 03, 2020:

This is some interesting speculation about life on Venus but I always thought it was too hot for anything to survive there. However, I haven't visited Venus so we really don't know as life could take many forms.

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