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October 07, 2011

Venus has an ozone layer!!!!

It was announced on Thursday (6th of October) that the Venus express spacecraft, a satellite that studies the atmosphere of Venus, has discovered an ozone layer on the planet Venus. What is fascinating and important about this discovery is that scientists say that "ozone on a planet may indicate the presence of life". The ozone was discovered when it was noted that it had absorbed some of the ultraviolet from the starlight of Venus (chapter 5!, we are applying our knowledge of light absorption)

Now as it stands there are currently three planets in our solar system with an ozone layer; Earth, Mars, and Venus. Could there possibly be more???

The full article is provided in the following URL:
http://www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/News/2011/10/The%20Venus%20Express%20spacecraft%20finds%20that%20Venus%20has%20an%20ozone%20layer%20too.aspx

Posted by davidnug at October 7, 2011 10:15 AM

Comments

Its exciting we are making such big new discoveries of a planet somewhat close to us so we can hopfully expand on those new findings quickly!

Posted by: ouellbre at October 13, 2011 01:30 AM

If there is ozone (O3), then does this mean atmosphere in Venus has oxygen too?
There should be some oxygen to form O3, I think.

Posted by: buruken at October 25, 2011 09:00 PM

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