Steve: A New Kind of Aurora Demystified by Scientists

Few things compare to the dazzling light show performed by nature’s northern and southern lights – but they’re not alone. It was only in the past few years that a new type of aurora was found. Thanks to the watchful eye of citizen scientists and photographers, we can now add to program an exquisite short-lived shimmering purple ribbon of plasma called Steve. Meanwhile, scientists have had time to carefully study the phenomenon in an attempt to learn what makes it tick.

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