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IN SPACE - JUNE 5-6: In this handout composite image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures the path sequence of the transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5-6, 2012 as seen from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125.

Scientists studying space and our solar system have discovered a gas in the clouds of Venus, that on Earth, is produced by microbial life.

The gas is known as phosphine. Researchers are still trying to wrap their heads around why this gas exists in the clouds, and can’t think of any geologic or chemical explanation.

Venus is the planet that comes closest to Earth as it whizzes around the sun. Many are suspicious that this gas could mean some kind of life is inhabiting Venus.

Nothing we are aware of could truly live on the land that exists on Venus. The land is scorching hot, hot enough to melt lead, with temperatures exceeding 800 degrees Farenheit, according to NPR. 

High in the clouds of Venus, temperatres are much less intense, leaving scientists skeptical of whether life truly exists on Venus.