Venus Science News

Venus Phosphine Update

One year after the announcement of phosphine (PH3) gas in the Venus atmosphere (1), the discovery remains highly controversial. The original PH3 announcement is based on a single-millimeter wavelength absorption…
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Did Venus ever have oceans?

Imagine our sister planet Venus billions of years ago being an ocean-filled world like Earth is today. The thinking is that at some point Venus underwent a “runaway greenhouse” where…

Are Venus’ cloud layers too dry for life?

Scientists have speculated about life in the Venus clouds for over half a century. In theory the conditions for life are met: an energy source, the right temperature for molecules,…
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What is the source of PH3 on Venus?

The source of phosphine (PH3) on Venus is unknown. There could be an as yet unknown geochemistry or photochemistry process. Or, there could possibly be life in the Venus cloud…
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Evidence for Phosphine in Pioneer-Venus Data

An independent team has revisited archived Pioneer-Venus data and analyzed the gas fragments measured at 51 km altitude. Among the many results is evidence for phosphine gas, primarily by detection…
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ALMA recalibrated Venus data

Due to intense and expected scientific scrutiny, the ALMA Observatory carefully checked the data processing and found a problem with the way they used Jupiter’s moon Calisto for the Venus…
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Venus Life Finder Study Kick Off Meeting

75 of the world’s leading scientists and engineers, in fields including Astrobiology, Chemistry and Spacecraft Design, met virtually on Friday 18th September 2020 for the Venus Life Finder Study Kick-Off Meeting.…
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Phosphine Discovery in the Venusian Atmosphere

On September 14, 2020 Dr. Jane Greaves of Cardiff University announced the detected phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii, and the Atacama Large…
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