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Z. Dahlen Parker
Dust Covered CRT Experiments Give Clues about Planetary Features

Date: 2011-07-09 Time: 09:00 - 17:00 9.9 (7 years 6 months ago)

Where: College Park, MD, United States Venue: Stamp Student Union


Electric Discharge Patterns(EDP) in a thin layer of dust on a CRT show similarity to features seen on certain moons and planets. This simple experiment may help explain certain planetary surface features. Without a testable explanation, any understanding of solar system mechanics or history is questionable. Spider features on Mercury are of significant interset. A closer look reveals a resemblance to laboratory electric discharge patterns. In their many forms, most have been shown to be scalable from the laboratory to cosmic scale. Experiments, with electric discharge of a dust covered CRT, produce features which match planetary scars in great detail.