Meet Steve — Furnishing A Future
The unusual sky phenomenon Steve isn't created by particle precipitation but something much more surprising, a new study finds. If you looked up on the night of March 28, in Eastern Canada, you might have seen a bright, white-purple ribbon weaving up into the sky. Steve Greenberg – CEO, Educator, Furniture Maker. At different times in his career, Steve was an entrepreneur, an educator, and a furniture maker. Furnishing a.
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The mysterious purple ribbon in the sky that's confusing scientists
Unlike your standard aurora displays, which look like gently wafting curtains, Steve is more of a narrow arc of light. The members settled on the unusual name in honor of the animated film "Over the Hedge," in which some woodland creatures name an unknown object "Steve" to make it appear less frightening. Steve may appear similar to other auroras because it lights up the night sky when the sun's charged particles interact with Earth's magnetic fields.
But Steve is definitely in a class of his own — especially with the spectacular show of dancing purple lights. How is Steve different? Well first and foremost, Steve actually isn't an aurora. Although researchers speculated for years that Steve was like other auroras due to its location and movements, a new study negates that idea.
No charged particles were detected. Therefore, the process for creating Steve isn't the same for auroras. Steve travels along the sub auroral zone lower latitudes closer to the equator while other auroras are found at higher latitudes — thus giving it its unique purple hues. The purple lights are made up of "a fast moving stream of extremely hot particles called a sub auroral ion drift, or SAID.