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Channel: Cool Worlds
Categories: Astronomy   |   Science  
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The announcement of the detection of a possible biomarker in the atmosphere of Venus has shook up the field of astrobiology and grabbed headlines across the world. Today, we explore why Venus could plausibly host life, how this detection was made, and whether it really means that we've finally found extraterrestrial life. Written and presented by Prof Kipping, featuring guest Dr Caleb Scharf.

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::Paper announcing the detection::
Greaves, J. et al. (2020), "Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus", Nature Astronomy: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-1174-4

::Other references used::
Sousa-Silva. C. et al. (2019), "Phosphine as a Biosignature Gas in Exoplanet Atmosphere",
Astrobiology, 20, 235: https://arxiv.org/abs/1910.05224
Way, M. et al. (2016), "Was Venus the First Habitable World of our Solar System?", Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 8376: https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.00706
Moses, J. et al. (2005), "Photochemistry and diffusion in Jupiter's stratosphere: Constraints from ISO observations and comparisons with other giant planets", J. Geophys. Res., 110, E08001: https://doi.org/doi:10.1029/2005JE002411

::Movies/TV scenes used::
Roving Mars (2006) Buena Vista Pictures
Exploring Venus (2019) Magellan TV
Star Trek (1966) Paramount Pictures

::Other video footage used::
ALMA timelapse by ESO/Jos Francisco Salgado: https://youtu.be/Tn8Udphi6JA
Venus UV footage by Akatsuki/JAXA: https://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/topics/002099.html
Bill Clinton footage form the Presidential Library & White House Television
Galaxies fly through by SDSS/Miguel Aragon/Mark Subbarao/Alex Szalay: https://youtu.be/08LBltePDZw

::Music::
Music used is licensed via Creative Commons (CC) Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
"Fusion" by Indive licensed under a CC Attribution license: https://indive.bandcamp.com
"Trace Correction" by Indive licensed under a CC Attribution license: https://indive.bandcamp.com

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