Subject: OT: Life on Venus?
Posted on: 2020-09-15 08:04:18 UTC
It's a godawful acid place
Barely visited in Space Race
And the surface is burning hot
And the pressure is really a lot
But Roscosmos, Esa and Nasa
Say it's not really very far
To the brightest of nighttime lights
To the Morning and Evening Star
And the clouds thirty miles high
Form a habitable zone in the sky
Though still acid and filled with wind
Still we're starting to look for:
Phosphine, thousand times what Earth has!
Where from? Scientists were feeling shook,
Worked their way through the book!
But they couldn't find any
Source they thought was plausible
Save one, not from any Chem textbook
But let's give Bio a look:
Is there life on Venus...?
(With apologies to David Bowie)
Seriously, this is some crazy news. And unlike other recent "Life In Space" stories (eg, ʻOumuamua, various 'alien megastructures'), this one actually seems to have gotten the astro crowd excited.