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A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve.
Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere.
The European Space Agency (ESA) sent electric field instruments to measure it 300km (190 miles) above the surface of the Earth and found the temperature of the air was 3,000C (5,432F) hotter inside the gas stream than outside it.
“It turns out that Steve is actually remarkably common, but we hadn’t noticed it before. It’s thanks to ground-based observations, satellites, today’s explosion of access to data and an army of citizen scientists joining forces to document it.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Did you ever notice that from one side of these things to the other, there is usually a difference in the sky. It happens with Rainbows too, the sky looks different on one side than the other sometimes. Same with the sun rings that form.
I wonder why that is?
Maybe it is a problem with the projector.
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve.