This page Undergoing revision to remove content that may not be valid examples as comparison. Raised StarFish-like features of Mars Replicated by electrostatic discharge experiment with a CRT
Spider features formed
by electric discharge
between two CRT screens.
The image below is of Mars' equtorial region, taken by Mars Orbital Camera (MOC)

Image from Mars Orbital Camera

The following features were made during an experiment involving two CRT monitors passing in close proximity screen to screen

spider from passover-monitor experiment

One monitor was powered on and the other off.
One of the screens was completey clean.

passover-monitor spider

Powdered material was applied to one monitor and was transfered to this other one during interactions

passover monitor spider

Star-like patterns
Created in Backyard Experiments



    In a backyard experiment tstar-fish looking features have been duplicated in great detail. We now have a repeatable experiment producing these patterns from electrical discharges so now a question can be justifiably raised; what electrical process could be responsible for similar features on Mars at its equaiorial region? That won't be answered here but give an explanation of sorts about the experiment.


    What follows is the details of the experiment and the patterns which resulted.


    To help you understand the electrical dynamics behind these figures we can look at Lichtenberg figures and then scale them down to compare these patterns caused in a transfer of powdered material to this old VGA CRT from another where it was placed. You will want to refer to a site called Thunderbolts.info were they are featuring articles on this subject and numerous others in the TPODs.

   This experiment involves an Old VGA CRT that may have some internal malfunction which might be contributing to a tendency for these discharges of low intensity across the face of the exposed surface of the tube. For this experiment houshold powders (foot powder and baking soda) were distributed in various depths, less than a 1/32th in most areas on one monitor, the other was totally clean.

Patterns of many types have been demonstrated but these spiders are something to behold, a real-time example in scaled-down form of amazing similarity to star-like dunes on Mars.

    To make these patterns, which were consistently made as the positive-relief deposition, it will be a bit challenging. Start with a clean monitor and a second monitor with material coating the screen. With one monitor suspended facing down and on a trolly rail and the other, with material, faced up and stationary, pass the one monitor over the other at close proximity screen to screen. Try different power settings, for example bottom cycled off and top one cycled to on. Something should happen if the monitors have surfaces which are electrostatically active.

More info will be added as more clarity comes.


You can compare these images with adjacent images of features commonly seen on Mars.

We are aware of the plasma nature of the space environment and the plasma sheaths that form around bodies in space as they move within the solar stream of charged particles. Reason exists to conclude that these bodies become charged with their own state of charge (potential). We know that two objects of differing charge potential will discharge in arc mode as they come into close proximity but even before that happens there are other modes of discharge which can reveal their activity in loosly bound material on the surface of an object such as a CRT.

In the description attempted here the modes of discharge will not be delt with in specifics but be mentioned in association with whether a physical arc was seen or heard. This will be arc mode If acticity occurs without an arc this will be regarded as a dark discharge since nothing visible or audible has occurred. The glow mode of plasma discharge does not seem applicable at this point in the experiments.

The CRT experiments give us a unique opportunity to see the reaction of different materials to electric discharge of two types. During an electric discharge, material might be removed from the surface and redistributed in specific manners or distributed to the surface from another object in close proximity. Compare the images at the links to the left with images from space missions and see for yourself. Decide for yourself, from this evidence and that obtained from your own experiments, what is the most believable explanation for the formation of surface features in this electrically active universe.

More details will be added so check back again.

A simple CRT experimant with powder can create many different patterns but the raised starfish is notable in it's similarity to Martian features
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