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Scientists Discovered A New Type Of Aurora, And They Named It Steve

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Scientists Discovered A New Type Of Aurora, And They Named It Steve
STEVE occurs farther south than most auroras, and that's exciting news for scientists.
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There's a new type of aurora in town, and its name is STEVE. No, we're not kidding. 

STEVE — the purple aurora here — was identified with the help of a number of citizen scientists and a NASA-funded project called Aurorasaurus. They gave it the name "Steve" as a placeholder.

NASA / Krista Trinder

The aurora appears farther south and travels along different magnetic field lines than the typical aurora borealis. That's exciting news for scientists because it might help them understand a relatively understudied part of our atmosphere.

For those wondering about the name, it stands for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. Yeah ... we'd stick with STEVE, too.