|Electrical Storms on the Moon|
From: Ernest Moyer
Subject: Electrical Storms on the Moon
Date: Fri, Dec 16, 2005, 11:10 AM
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P.563 - §6 Millions upon millions of meteorites enter the atmosphere of Urantia daily, coming in at the rate of almost two hundred miles a second. On the nonbreathing worlds the advanced races must do much to protect themselves from meteor damage by making electrical installations which operate to consume or shunt the meteors. Great danger confronts them when they venture beyond these protected zones. These worlds are also subject to disastrous electrical storms of a nature unknown on Urantia. During such times of tremendous energy fluctuation the inhabitants must take refuge in their special structures of protective insulation.
In two articles NASA scientists have revealed new research on old Apollo data that is highly intriguing, and serves to explain these remarks by the Urantia Papers. These two articles may be found at:
I have here excerpted from the first article:
December 7, 2005: Every lunar morning, when the sun first peeks over the dusty soil of the moon after two weeks of frigid lunar night, a strange storm stirs the surface.
The next time you see the moon, trace your finger along the terminator, the dividing line between lunar night and day. That's where the storm is. It's a long and skinny dust storm, stretching all the way from the north pole to the south pole, swirling across the surface, following the terminator as sunrise ceaselessly sweeps around the moon . . .
LEAM's, (Lunar Ejecta and Meteorite Experiment, an instrument designed to measure the unusual habits of the moon), three-decade-old data are so intriguing, they're now being reexamined by several independent groups of NASA and university scientists. Gary Olhoeft, professor of geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, is one of them:
"To everyone's surprise," says Olhoeft, "LEAM saw a large number of particles every morning, mostly coming from the east or west--rather than above or below--and mostly slower than speeds expected for lunar ejecta."
What could cause this? Stubbs (another scientist) has an idea: "The dayside of the moon is positively charged; the nightside is negatively charged." At the interface between night and day, he explains, "electrostatically charged dust would be pushed across the terminator sideways," by horizontal electric fields.
Even more surprising, Olhoeft continues, a few hours after every lunar sunrise, the experiment's temperature rocketed so high--near that of boiling water--that "LEAM had to be turned off because it was overheating."
Those strange observations could mean that "electrically-charged moondust was sticking to LEAM, darkening its surface so the experiment package absorbed rather than reflected sunlight," speculates Olhoeft.
But nobody knows for sure. LEAM operated for a very short time: only 620 hours of data were gathered during the icy lunar night and a
mere 150 hours of data from the blazing lunar day before its sensors were turned off and the Apollo program ended.
Astronauts may have seen the storms, too. While orbiting the Moon, the crews of Apollo 8, 10, 12, and 17 sketched "bands" or "twilight
rays" where sunlight was apparently filtering through dust above the moon's surface. This happened before each lunar sunrise and just after each lunar sunset. NASA's Surveyor
spacecraft also photographed twilight "horizon glows," much like what the astronauts saw . . . It's even possible that these
storms have been spotted from Earth: For centuries, there have been reports of strange glowing lights on the moon, known as "lunar transient phenomena" or LTPs. Some LTPs have been
Astronauts may have seen the storms, too. While orbiting the Moon, the crews of Apollo 8, 10, 12, and 17 sketched "bands" or "twilight rays" where sunlight was apparently filtering through dust above the moon's surface. This happened before each lunar sunrise and just after each lunar sunset. NASA's Surveyor spacecraft also photographed twilight "horizon glows," much like what the astronauts saw . . .
It's even possible that these storms have been spotted from Earth: For centuries, there have been reports of strange glowing lights on the moon, known as "lunar transient phenomena" or LTPs. Some LTPs have been
observed as momentary flashes--now generally accepted to be visible evidence of meteoroids impacting the lunar surface. But others
have appeared as amorphous reddish or whitish glows or even as dusky hazy regions that change shape or disappear over seconds or minutes. Early explanations, never satisfactory,
ranged from volcanic gases to observers' overactive imaginations (including visiting extraterrestrials).
Now a new scientific explanation is gaining traction. "It may be that LTPs are caused by sunlight reflecting off rising plumes of electrostatically lofted lunar dust," Olhoeft suggests . . .
Thus we have an explanation for the remark:
These worlds are also subject to disastrous electrical storms of a nature unknown on Urantia. During such times of tremendous energy fluctuation the inhabitants must take refuge in their special structures of protective insulation.
The reason these electrical storms are unknown on Urantia is the fact that we have an atmosphere, and the moon does not. We usually think that electrical storms, such as lightning, are caused by electric charges in the clouds, or the atmosphere. For the moon such phenomena is caused by the electrically charged opposite dark and light sides. The scientists do not tell us the magnitude of these opposite charges, and hence we cannot say if they produce disastrous electrical storms. But the evidence for tremendous energy fluctuations is firm. Refer to the sketches in the above papers produced by the astronauts.
The moon rotates once every month as it revolves around the planet. This rotation causes the positive and negative charges to be in motion also. The surface circumference of the moon = Pi X 2160 or approximately 6792 miles. The moon rotates in a period of 28 earth days, 6,790 / 28 = 242 miles per earth day. The speed of the moving electrical fluctuation is thus 242/24 or about 10 miles per hour at the equator. Near the poles this energy charge would diminish to zero.
An important element not previously discussed on this List is the extreme temperatures from the dark to the light sides of the moon. Here I include temperatures for the Earth, the Moon, and Mars, with F = Fahrenheit, C = Centigrade, and K = Kelvin, or absolute temperature.
We see that the moon fluctuates from -233 F to +212 F, wide swings in temperature.
If nonbreathers are living on the moon they not only would have to contend with the great fluctuations in electrical charge, but also the equally great swings in temperature. Thus they could not be of biological origin as we understand it.
Fascinating photographs of the moon and of Mars may be found
I suggest you check out the image of moon lunation!
You will also want to visit the Lunar Atlas of photographs at:
Looking at the photographs one comes away impressed with how very hostile the moon would be for living creatures. If such are present did they evolve from lower beings, or were they created in their present form?
I have examined moon photographs is some detail and can see no evidence of artificial structures. This includes photographs of the far side of the moon.
If the moon is inhabited by mortal creatures they are invisible to us.