ESOcast 230 Light: Possible Marker of Life Spotted on Venus

An international team of astronomers today announced the discovery of a rare molecule — phosphine — in the clouds of Venus. This detection could point to extra-terrestrial “aerial” life in the Venusian atmosphere. Watch our summary of the discovery.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.



Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Stephanie Rowlands, Emma Foxell and Bárbara Ferreira.
Music: STAN DART ( — Duality.
Footage and photos: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Greaves et al, M. Kornmesser/L. Calçada & NASA/JPL/Caltech, ESA and William Montgomerie/JCMT/EAO.
Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova.

About the Video

Release date:14 September 2020, 17:00
Related releases:eso2015
Duration:01 m 40 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Type:Solar System : Planet : Feature : Atmosphere
Solar System

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