Top 10 Best Facts About Steve Aurora Lights

By - William James

Steve is a relatively new scientific discovery and was named in 2016 following a US citizen science project funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation

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Steve is not an acronym, but it was later adapted into one: “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement”

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Steve is not an aurora, but it is often associated with the aurora borealis

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Steve appears as a ribbon of purple light in the night sky and lasts for 20 minutes to an hour before disappearing

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Steve is unpredictable and only lasts for a short time, making it difficult to record occurrences from the ground

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Steve is not a normal aurora, as scientists suggest it comprises a fast-moving stream of extremely hot particles called a subauroral ion drift, or SAID

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Steve is only spotted in the presence of an aurora

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Steve is only spotted in the presence of an aurora

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Steve has been photographed for decades, but it only got its name in 2016

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Steve has appeared in the pictures sent by BBC Weather Watchers from the UK, Canada, northern US states, and New Zealand

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