During the June 5 Venus transit with earth biological material living on top layers of the cloud shrouded Venus would have reached earth said Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of the Buckingham Center for Astro Biology.
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe told this corresponent, “The solar wind (a wind of charged energetic particles from the Sun) stretches out the atmosphere of Venus and drives bacterial particles away from the planet. At the 5/6 June transit the Earth was exactly in the firing line.”
The Astrobiology Center said The possibility of specialised microorganisms inhabiting the yellow-tinged clouds of Venus has been under serious discussion since the 1980’s when the earliest Venera space missions began to explore the planet. Now, the serious prospect of a Venusian aerobiology – similar to the aerobiology and microbes that inhabit the Earth’s clouds – seems to be more secure. In this context it becomes relevant to explore the possibility that transits of Venus, such as happened on 5 June, may offer scope for transfers of microbial life from Venus to Earth.
Wickramasinghe said, “We estimate that at the very least a billion billion bacteria and a
billion billion billion viruses could have reached Earth on this day.”
Professor Wickramasinghe further said, “"All the evidence points to the clouds of Venus being likely homes for microbial life. Of this there is now little question. The question
as to whether our neighbouring planet could occasionally infect our planet depends on whether there are routes for transfer from the clouds of Venus to Earth. Together with Dr. Janaki Wickramasinghe I examined this matter in 2008 and again this year. We came to the
conclusion that such transfers can occur during transits of Venus such as the one we saw on 5/6 June this year.”
The Buckingham University Astrobiological Center said in a press release, “Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe and Dr. Janaki Wickramasinghe of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology published the case for such viable transfers in 2008 (Astrophys.Sp.Sci, 317, , pp. 133-137; http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008Ap%26SS.317..133W) and, now, in the Journal of Cosmology in relation to the most recent transit. The case for such a transfer is based on investigations of the effect of the solar wind on the atmosphere of Venus and on the actual detections of charged particles from Venus near the Earth.”
Wickramasinghe further told this correspondent, “This biological connection between Venus and Earth is of course not new. Transfers of genes that would have occurred a few days ago must have happened at every transit for countless ages. Earth and the Goddess of love are therefore genetically related - neighbouring planets and biological siblings! " (EOM)
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