Phosphine in Venus's atmosphere: evidence of life or chemistry?

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by Peter Dow, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Ethernos 1997 Registered Senior Member

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    i think its the ultraviolet rays. it breaks compounds into smaller components and broken or single atoms have the tendency to stick together.
     
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  3. Traverse Registered Member

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    Precisely right, and if I'd been reviewing their paper, I would've suggested that they try a little 'outside-the-sphere' thinking by opening their thermodynamic system to include highly-reduced metallic meteorites containing phosphide entering the Venusian atmospheric system. Then you'd be Q.E.D., mon ami.
     
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