Page undergoing revision to clear up details of experiments and their application Backyard Experimenter 3; Micro-bursts
Backyard Experimenter 3
Micro-bursts and Greater



rising up and twisting

reaching out laterally

next pass tight column

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credit: Google Earth and FrdJ.(to larger)
Tunguska River region

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Tornado-like spirals and Micro-bursts formed by electric discharge are a precursor to the formation of patterns in loose material on a CRT
An aspect of Earth's Plasma Environment

   Planetary surface features formed
    by electric discharge.
The Micro-burst aspect

   As Much as I'd like to focus on the electrical aspect of planetary features I cannot seperate the potential mechanical considerations that need to be applied in any situation where a dense atmosphere is present. The earth is our best reference because of the numerous instances of atmospheric explosions that are associated with objects on a collision course. In recent years several have been recorded in north america one in Yukon and one in Pennsylvania. These were small in comparison to one supposed bolide in the recent past in the Tunguska River region. The jury may be out on some of the details of this event but there is a feature there which may point to an air burst. It is straddling the left edge in the lower left of the image at left. The green arrow indicates the purported impact site. These airbursts may have an electrical component and in that case the CRT experiments my shed some light on the lower end of the discharge.

I will use the CRT experiments as a reference to what i've observed which has resulted in features that we also see on other celestial bodies. In these experiments bursts of energy associated with an electric discharge have had numerous outcomes which include: downward forces which spread loose material in all directions; columns of spiraling material ocurring with that spreading material and tight spirals in close focus to the probe (my finger) when it is in close proximity to the screen; the primary feature that are observed after these bursts of energy are those mentioned so far and pictured here. Additionally, the crater-like features have a burst of energy associated with their formation process. All have precursor and post discharge aspects which need to be realized in the final evaluation of what has resulted, the surface features. The need to qualify the energy burst aspects may not apply beyond the dense atmosphere of earth, and so this section will only make comparrison with earth's processes.

As stated on the previous page, during the CRT-surface discharge experiments repeated activity, associated with the discharges, was observed in the form of streamers which gathered material from the surface but these streamers were, on occasion, preceeded by a blast of energy that drove material out from below without a decernable arc associated with the discharge. Then, as the probe got closer to the surface, twisting motion could be seen in the spreading material which seemed to have individualized characteristics around the circumference of the blast. Upon closer movement a tight column formed on occasion. (pictured at left).

   There is cause to speculate from the CRT experiments that microbursts and tornados, as well as other extreme activity involving the atmosphere, obtain their triggering mechanism from electrical interactions beyond those of lightening. We must always remember the behavior of plasma when considering this subject. Electrostatics is also highly relevant, but not for the reasons suggested for lightening itself. Electrostatics and capacitance are two conditions associated with plasma sheaths and double layers which form in a plasma environment and are also susceptible to discharges in any of three modes: dark, glow or arc. I highly encourage a thorough investigation of these key-words to get familiar with these characteristics and me off the hook of trying to explain something that I've only recently become aware to its importance. The books The Electric Universe and The Electric Sun are great resources.

  I've been told of the scalability of plasma behavior through many magnitudes. How to apply this here is a step beyond my knowledge so the web sites mentioned above can take you down that path.

Known events that could have an electrical component are the numerous instances of bolides which are typically being considered for the potential air-burst forces which result. These forces are quite intense and seem to be along the lines of thermodynamics rather electrodynamic. But electrodynamic reaches into the realm of displacing air as well but at a different degree. If the possibility exists for these two forces to intersect at some level, it shoud be considered thoroughly.

If you are looking for the latest on air bursts and asteroids the image at left will give you a hint of what they're modeling.


Air bursts and Asteroids

The link above will take you down that path of thought but keep in mind that the electrical component may not be considered to the extent which is could apply.

CRT Experiment details

On the occasion when large bursts of energy occured between my finger and the CRT screen it had been energized and then turned off between each check for reactions. Keep in mind this is an old CRT, a Dawoo 14" VGA monitor. It my have had some internal issues which contributed to it's surface activity, however, i've been told that older CRTs were far more prone to electrostatic activity than new models. I didn't go to great lengths to isolate myself from the monitor other than a stick of wood to turn the monitor on and off while being carefull to not stand too close. It was off the ground several feet and in a cardboard box to stabilize it while it sat on it's back. I was also inside a van that was giving me protection from the wind outside. To produce the bursts i approached the screen with my finger from well above it and centered over the screen. A video of one burst is here at youtube. You'll be seeing an occasion when i was about two thirds the distance from the monitor than the furthest interaction. These experiments were conducted during dry, hot, atmospheric conditions.

The material covering the surface for the image above was fiberglass powder and superfine arizona desert flood-plane soil. They lightly covered the surface and started out a bit stratified with the fiberglass on top.

You will find this page changing as thoughts are added so take in some pictures and snips of observations and check back later.   

There is a wealth of technical information at the links found through the Plasma cosmology link below.


About Plasma Cosmology at (a wiki site)
  We are aware of the plasma nature of the space enviornment and the plasma sheaths that form around bodies in space as they move within the solar stream of charged particles. We have reason to conclude that these bodies become charged electrostatically with their own state of charge. We know, from basic electricity, 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 loosely bound material on the surface of an object such as a CRT.

  In an upcoming paper each of these modes of discharge will be mentioned and associated to specific patterns seen on surfaces of celestial bodies.

  The CRT experiments give us a unique opportunity to see the reaction of different materials to discharges of several types. Field dust gives us a surface that resists discharge until a point at which intensity has built up and upon discharge material is removed from the surface and redistributed in specific manners. Another material, fiberglass, gives us a surface which is highly excitable and holds a static charge after power has been terminated to the CRT tube. The surface builds up a field and discharges in a less intense manner while the CRT is energized. Once the power is turned off the material will leap off the CRT surface to the surface of an approaching body, a finger in this case. The departure of material is one detail but the patterns left behind are significantly more important for they spiders features seen on planetary bodies. Compare the images, at the links to the left, with images from any space mission and see for yourself and 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 on bodies in this Electric Universe .

A simple CRT experimant with a spark through powder can create many different patterns but this spider pattern is notable in it's similarity to some seen on planetary bodies.
Links to sites of interest:
The Electric Universe
Hypersensitive Solar System
Backyard Experimenter 4
More discharge pics
Contact Info:
Name: z dahlen parker