Venus has long been considered a completely inanimate planet.

However, the perception of that has now changed. Large amounts of phosphine have been detected in the Venus atmosphere, which many astrobiologists believe is a sign of the possible presence of life.

The matter was unveiled at a press conference by the British Astronomical Society on Monday night.

It was reported at the briefing that researchers have concluded that mechanisms that do not involve life but may produce phosphine cannot account for the large amount observed.

Phosphine has been found in an atmosphere of Venus that scientists have previously considered potentially habitable.

Identifications were made by a team of scientists in Chile as well as the James Clerk Maxwell telescope in Hawaii.

The research team includes members from the Universities of Manchester and Cardiff and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.