Has life been detected on Venus? Josep Manel Carrasco on Radio Sant Boi
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The astronomer Josep Manuel Carrasco explains in the radio program La República Santboiana on Radio Sant Boi, the detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. The discovery, recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy, turned the world of astronomy upside down. But has life really been detected?
Carrasco also comments on the current state of the Gaia mission, what phase it is in, and confirms that December is the date of the publication of the third data package (known as DR3).
About the author
Josep Manel Carrasco is a researcher of the Gaia group at the ICCUB, where he works with the photometric and spectrometric calibration of the mission's data, evaluating the state of the satellite and creating the data catalog in the CU9 coordination unit. Creator of the Miralcel dissemination project, he is a regular collaborator of the La República Santboiana program on Radio Sant Boi. He recently published the book "Cosmos: A Quick Immersion" in Tibidabo Ediciones.
Gaia has proven to be a powerful tool providing very precise astrometry and photometry in the first releases of the mission (see Gaia DR2 and Gaia DR1). The third release and beyond (find here the current release scenario planning) will include some calibrated spectrophotometric data.