A new study has revealed that the clouds of Venus could host favorable conditions for photosynthesis and also for the emergence of tiny microorganisms similar to those on Earth.
discovery It is the work of Rakesh Mogul, a researcher at California Polytechnic State University. In this it is suggested that sunlight in the cloud layers of Venus arrives under conditions similar to those on Earth.
However, the most surprising discovery is that photosynthesis in the clouds of Venus can occur not only during the day, but also at night. This is due, according to research, during the nights of the planet because the clouds receive heat and infrared energy from the surface and atmosphere.
Continuous photosynthesis implies the opportunity for the emergence of different types of microorganisms, since the conditions in the clouds are similar to those that allow these organisms to exist on Earth.
The study author believes that the data obtained from the clouds suggest the possibility of phototrophic, a mechanism that organisms use to produce their own nutrients thanks to the sunlight they receive. On the other hand, in the clouds there is water whose acidity level is in the range that allows the presence of microorganisms on Earth.
The research suggests that with the data obtained, it would be good to further study what is happening in the clouds of Venus, knowing that – at least from a theoretical point of view – there are conditions for life at the level of microorganisms.
What seems even more difficult is that there are conditions for life on the surface of the planet, after the discovery of an element called phosphine and could exist due to ongoing volcanic activity.
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