Is There Life on Venus?THEORY 

This theory is believable- we haven’t fully discovered Venus yet. There could be a whole society going on and we wouldn’t know anything about it; the human race isn’t exactly the smartest in our universe. Even though I have no conclusive evidence of life elsewhere, I’m sure humans aren’t the smartest by far.

Although the surface of the planet Venus is far too hot for life as we know it, there could be lifeforms far better adapted than us; they could live on Venus comfortably. Scientists have long thought that microbes could be comfortably reproducing in the clouds of the Venusian atmosphere: the sky in the atmosphere surrounding the planet. The atmosphere of Venus is basically the layer of gases surrounding Venus, and it’s composed of carbon dioxide and is far denser than the atmosphere surrounding the earth. The Venusian atmosphere supports opaque clouds made of sulfuric acid, making optical earth-based and orbital observation of the surface impossible. Thick clouds of sulfuric acid completely cover the planet. 

The thin atmosphere of Mars is thought to be due to the planet’s lack of a magnetic field, which has allowed the solar wind to blow away much of the gas on the surface of the planet. Venus, despite still having a thick atmosphere of CO2, surprisingly has a similar problem (gas being blown away)

All of this evidence leads to one conclusion: there could be life on Venus. A new study in the journal Astrobiology suggests that dark patches in the atmosphere of Venus could, just possibly, be caused by light-absorbing bacteria. To find out, the study authors want to send a floating aircraft to comb the skies of Venus.

Earth’s sister Venus, the second rock from the sun, is similar in size, mass, and composition to our home planet—but that is generally where the comparisons end. The planet’s atmosphere is 96.5 percent carbon dioxide and almost 3.5 percent nitrogen. The runaway greenhouse climate keeps surface temperatures hovering around 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius), while atmospheric pressures on Venus can be as high as pressures a kilometer deep in the oceans of Earth.

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I'm Kate Pibernik and I love to write! I'm currently studying media and film looking to one day become a full-time media journalist that specializes in short-films and media production. I'm also co-author of an upcoming book.

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Kate Pibernik I'm Kate Pibernik and I love to write! I'm currently studying media and film looking to one day become a full-time media journalist that specializes in short-films and media production. I'm also co-author of an upcoming book.
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