I recently noticed this odd dust formation on my gaming console's camera peripheral. The dust is significantly thicker on the right side, with the television in the background. On the left, with a West-facing window in the background, there is very little dust. I did not touch the peripheral since last dusting the entire thing. What caused this formation? Have any of you witnessed a similar phenomenon?
I have a guess, but I'm not convinced. For about one hour each night, as the sun sets, the left side receives direct sunlight, and the right is blocked by the TV, pretty much as the dust-made line represents. This sunlight heats up the black casing, which induces convection preventing dust from falling on the hotter, sunlit part of the thing.
I wouldn't expect this to cause such a disparity, though. Even an all-day effect doesn't quite make sense, because we leave the blinds closed during the day. The only way I can see such a disparity occurring is if the heating of the casing not only prevents dust from settling, but can remove settled dust, leaving a nearly dustless surface on the left, with many times more on the shadowed right.
Edit: To those suggesting charge has built up on the sun-exposed side, how would such a charge prevent dust from collecting? Am I mistaken to assume that a charged surface could only attract dust (and not repel it)?
Note: With a teacher home for the summer in the apartment, the TV seen in the picture has been on for at least 8 hours a day. I'm not sure this has any effect, but it might rule others out.