Phosphine, consisting of one phosphorus and 3 hydrogen atoms, is a very poisonous gas for humans, although it is suitable for the life of microbes.
In their research, scientists announced that they detected a gas called phosphine in the acid-laden clouds in the atmosphere of the planet Venus, where microbes can survive, and that this is a sign of life similar to Earth.
So what is the phosphine gas that creates the possibility of life on Venus? Here are the curious ones…
WHAT IS PHOSPHINE GAS
Phosphine (IUPAC name: phosphan); It is a kind of chemical compound, also known as hydrogenphosphite, phosphamine, phosphorus trihydride, phosphorate hydrogen, and represented by the formula PH3.
Phosphine has a boiling point of -88 degrees Celsius (°C); It is a colorless, flammable and poisonous gas.
While pure phosphine is odorless, compounds containing modified phosphine and diphosphan (P2H4) have an extremely unpleasant odor, like garlic or rotten fish.
CAN BE FATAL
In addition, when a person breathes phosphine gas, it reacts with the moisture in the lungs and turns into phosphoric acid. This reaction leads to the death of a person.