Scientists Admit Lightning Exists On Mars


darkbeaver
#1
Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scientists Admit Lightning Exists On Mars



University of Michigan: First direct evidence of lightning on Mars detected.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—For the first time, direct evidence of lightning has been detected on Mars, say University of Michigan researchers who found signs of electrical discharges during dust storms on the Red Planet.

The bolts were dry lightning, says Chris Ruf, a professor in the departments of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

"What we saw on Mars was a series of huge and sudden electrical discharges caused by a large dust storm," Ruf said. "Clearly, there was no rain associated with the electrical discharges on Mars. However, the implied possibilities are exciting."

Electric activity in Martian dust storms has important implications for Mars science, the researchers say.

"It affects atmospheric chemistry, habitability and preparations for human exploration. It might even have implications for the origin of life, as suggested by experiments in the 1950s," said Nilton Renno, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.

The findings are based on observations made using an innovative microwave detector developed at the U-M Space Physics Research Laboratory. The kurtosis detector, which is capable of differentiating between thermal and non-thermal radiation, took measurements of microwave emissions from Mars for approximately five hours a day for 12 days between May 22 and June 16, 2006.

On June 8, 2006 both an unusual pattern of non-thermal radiation and an intense Martian dust storm occurred, the only time that non-thermal radiation was detected. Non-thermal radiation would suggest the presence of lightning.

The researchers reviewed the data to determine the strength, duration and frequency of the non-thermal activity, as well as the possibility of other sources. But each test led to the conclusion that the dust storm likely caused dry lightning.

This work confirms soil measurements from the Viking landers 30 years ago, and it challenges 2006 experiments that suggested otherwise.

Data from the Viking landers raised the possibility that Martian dust storms might be electrically active like Earth's thunderstorms and thus, might be a source of reactive chemistry. But the hypothesis was untestable. In 2006, using theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments and field studies on Earth, a group of planetary scientists suggested that there was no direct evidence that lightning occurred on Mars. This new research refutes those findings.

"Mars continues to amaze us. Every new look at the planet gives us new insights," said Michael Sanders, manager of the exploration systems and technology office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a researchers involved in this study.

The new finding will be published in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters. The paper is called "The Emission of Non-Thermal Microwave Radiation by a Martian Dust Storm."
 
darkbeaver
#2
"What we saw on Mars was a series of huge and sudden electrical discharges caused by a large dust storm," Ruf said. "Clearly, there was no rain associated with the electrical discharges on Mars. However, the implied possibilities are exciting."

These two sentences indicate the hesitation of todays scientist to cross the line in the academic sand. There is no wind to cause a dust storm and they stilll refuse to allow that lightening causes the dust storms. Electric current is the initiator of the vortex not the other way arround. They are very determined to keep electricity concealed because the next step would be to apply the discovery to earth, where the same mechanism applies. Weather is an electrical driven phenomenum.
 
#juan
#3
"Scientists admit lightening exists on Mars".

Did we have to torture them to get them to come clean or was this a voluntary admission....

No doubt this is going to be put forward as some kind of proof of the "Electric Universe". Have fun..
 
darkbeaver
#4
Electric universe? It never crossed my mind however it does prove lightening on Mars which (incidently, i'm sure) is rumoured to be some sort of byproduct of electricity.
 
Dexter Sinister
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

These two sentences indicate the hesitation of todays scientist to cross the line in the academic sand.

You persist in deliberately misunderstanding the nature of science and scientists to sustain your scorn for the scientific establishment. Those two sentences are a perfectly normal and predictable caution about going beyond the data. And lightening, BTW, is not a "byproduct of electricity," it *is* electricity.
 
darkbeaver
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister View Post

You persist in deliberately misunderstanding the nature of science and scientists to sustain your scorn for the scientific establishment. Those two sentences are a perfectly normal and predictable caution about going beyond the data. And lightening, BTW, is not a "byproduct of electricity," it *is* electricity.

You persist in deliberately misunderstanding the nature of greed and power which trumps science in the present establisment. I know my coffee percolator runs on lightening. I have also generated millions of volts of electricity with my own body and transported it accross distances without visable conductors. No lightening is not just electricity, the medium determines the form of the plasma dosen't it? Lightening is a symptom of electricity that does not occur in copper conductors does it? Dosen't electricity require special circumstances before it's considered lightening? I guess I would consider lightening as naked electricity.
 
Dexter Sinister
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

You persist in deliberately misunderstanding the nature of greed and power which trumps science in the present establisment.

Right, that certainly explains why none of the products of science work, like the GPS satellites that depend on general relativity to keep their clocks synchronized, and the quantum effects that your computer depends on.
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No lightening is not just electricity, ...

It certainly isn't. Lightening means becoming less dark, or it might be a chemical agent that causes that, or it means becoming less heavy, or in medicine, it means the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity in the late stages of pregnancy. Lightning, on the other hand, is a flow of charged particles. That's electricity.
 

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