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Earth's Toxic Twin: A Visit To Venus With Planetary Geologist Martha Gilmore

Oct 15, 2020

Extreme heat, crushing air pressure, and toxic clouds. Venus may not seem like a hospitable place.

But the discovery of a certain chemical, phosphine, in that planet’s atmosphere has raised new questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Scientists wonder if a living organism could possibly be creating this unexpected chemical.

This hour, we sit down Martha Gilmore, a Wesleyan professor. She’s a planetary geologist and Venus expert.

What questions do you have about Venus or our solar system?

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  • Martha Gilmore - Seney Professor of Geology and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Thursday evening, producer Carmen Baskauf will moderate a virtual discussion with paleontologist Julia Clarke, who studies the evolution of dinosaurs-- including birds--for the Peabody Museum in New Haven. Register here.