Electric Discharges to Dust Covered Surface Show Similarity to Features of Planetary Bodies

Author: z dahlen parker
Contributors; tbolts.info Forum Participants
Presentation assistant: Mr.Weiss , Karlsruhe, Germany
Thanks go out to Jan Weiss for placing this poster at ICOPs08

An enigmatic feature on Mercury shares many features with the images below.
If their simaliraties are allowed as evidence of the mechanism responsible for formation then electric discharge should be considered in all its potential.


CRT Experiment, single-spark formed Lichtenberg feature.
Electrostatic Discharge patterns in a thin layer of dust on a CRT are similar in many ways to some enigmatic
features seen on certain moons and planets. This simple experiment may help explain those planetary surface features.
Without a testable explanation, any understanding of solar system history is questionable.

Spidery markings, seen for example on Mercury and the Moon, are among the most puzzling of planetary
features. These spidery channels are rounded depressions radiating from a central depression or crater.
However, a closer look reveals a resemblance to laboratory electric discharge
patterns. Electrical discharge patterns take many forms. Most have been shown to be scalable from the laboratory to the cosmic scale.

The radials have been seen in experiments to be the result of surficial leader-strokes of an electric discharge,
which may with higher currents form other features such as crater chains.

We propose that there is an electrical cause for many surface features seen throughout the solar system. The
approach taken here is an empirical investigation of plasma discharge effects on various surfaces that provide
a parallel to planetary surfaces .
Experiments with electrostatic discharge to a dust covered CRT produced the following features which match
planetary markings in great detail.

An investigation of plasma discharge effects upon mock planetary surface materials may provide new insights
into the history of the solar system and the importance of plasma discharge phenomena
in astrophysics and planetary science.

Link to larger image
Another angle    Relative size
Center feature was from multiple discharges.
Note the 5:00 radial that reaches from an adjacent
feature (upper-left) toward the centeral one.
The pattern of
excavated material is
uniform and does not
overlap other spiders.
This may be the
result of limited-
from only the areas
which have available
charge along the
of the coronal aspect
of the electrical

From CRT experiment
with electric discharge.
These features have
Lichtenberg characteristics.
(lightening like)

Prockter Crater (aka. Pantheon Fossae) on Mercury
shows two levels of activity.
Most rays probably form in an early phase
The Crater and deeply cut trench are the final stage.

Image at below:
Surface of acrylic insulator used in
terawatt pulsed-power generator reveals the consequence
of dielectric breakdown between
surface and sub-surface charged potentials.
Lichtenberg characteristics are common.

Surface Discharge Image credit:
Physics of the Plasma Universe,
A.L. Peratt

Trench-like depression are a common feature on most celestial bodies. They are similar in many ways so, this require that the same mechanism be applied to all.
Since these from Mercury are radial features then many conventional geologic explanations cannot be applied. They would not occur in radial fashion. The presence of finely divided
debris surrounding the crater, rather than large chunks of material supports an electric discharge mechanism more than a cause from impact.


Spider. To Martian 

Note the feature at lower center.
There are only three discharge features to highlight for this evaluation.
They all have Lichtenberg characteristics.

Deep Negative 

At center are several features in deeper material, one to two millimeters.
Even these low energy discharges still produce comparable patterns
as the CRT surface Discharges to a blunt probe, my finger.
Negative and 

Positive attributes in one spider.  Link to Backyard 


Had a stronger discharge and deeper material been
used A central crater would have been formed. Probably
like the one seen below, if other experimental results
be any indication for expectations.
As the two covers of a book house the story within,
these two images are telling of the diverse capability
of an electric discharge at making features that are
seen around the solar system on solid bodies.
In the smallest of detail these can be matched with
features in full size. You may think I am deviating a bit
from spider features until I tell you that the same
discharge that made a feature on the left also made
a feature on the right as two CRT screen were passed
in close proximity. Three passes are represented.

The similarities are further emphasized by the
planetary images below from Mercury and Mars.

Note the interior fingers in the features of these two images.

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Considering that the images above
reveal the effects at each side of an electric arc,
we might wonder about the similarities
with these images from Mercury and Mars.

Electric discharges leave unmistakable patterns
and scalability of an arc in a plasma gives good
reason to propose an electrical cause
based on this evidence and much more
from an Electric Universe perspective.

If experiments are allowed to guide our thinking,
then these CRT experiments are telling
us something about an active process
in our solar system which can still be viewed
and evaluated scientifically on comets,
Moons and elsewhere.

Mars Image

Planetary Image credits. Nasa, JPL, MOC, HiRISE, MDIS,

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