Venus discovery shows jumping the gun is an alien concept in astronomy
Comment: Everybody wants to be the first to find life beyond Earth, but nobody wants to be ridiculed for making a false declaration
Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. The Sherlock Holmes approach was how the Royal Astronomical Society stopped just short of saying it had discovered life on Venus while saying there really could not be any other explanation.
Part of this is down to an unusual mood within astronomy. Everyone wants to be the first to discover life beyond Earth but everyone is equally terrified of being ridiculed...
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