Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe. It was Not An Aurora

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Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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On November 4 and 5, 2023, two Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) hit Earth, sparking a strong G3-class geomagnetic storm. This caused auroras to be visible as far south as Colorado and Texas.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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At the height of the storm, a mysterious purple beam was seen streaking through the skies across Europe. This phenomenon is known as STEVE, an acronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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STEVE is a recent discovery and resembles an aurora, but is fundamentally different. It is caused by hot rivers of gas flowing through Earth's magnetosphere at speeds exceeding 13,000 mph.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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STEVE is still not fully understood, but each sighting provides scientists with more information about this intriguing atmospheric optical phenomenon.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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– STEVE is a mysterious purple beam that was seen streaking through the skies across Europe in November 2023.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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It is caused by hot rivers of gas flowing through Earth's magnetosphere.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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– STEVE is not an aurora, but resembles one.

Mysterious Purple Beam Streaks Across Europe.

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– Scientists are still learning about STEVE, and each sighting provides more information.