UK scientists have been left confused after discovering phosphine gas from the feces of penguins, a chemical element they found 38 million miles away on Venus.
It is believed that researching these animals could help them identify different types of organisms that exist in other worlds. According to Dr. Dave Clements of Imperial College London, they are convinced that the discovery of phosphine is real, even though they do not know what is to be done next.
“But if we gather enough evidence in the future to prove its existence, the most pressing question is: how is it like life on Earth? Does it reuse DNA, which would suggest the same origin of life on Earth and Venus, or is it completely different? ”
In addition, although the discovery has left scientists confused, Dr. Clements explained, “it may be related to defense or signaling against competing bacteria.”
Oceana describes Gentoo penguins as native to sub-Antarctic islands where freezing temperatures allow perfect nesting, foraging, and breeding conditions.
Despite having icy habitats, this penguin species usually live in ice-free places such as rocky, flat beaches and low-lying cliffs where large colonies of individuals can gather.
According to reports, research on penguins and phosphines was conducted prior to the launch of the James Webb space telescope.
It will be launched in French Guiana on December 18. According to NASA, it will be able to find life on other planets. The telescope will study deep space and serve as NASA’s largest observatory space in the coming years.