STEVE was initially given its name in honor of the 2006 film Over the Hedge, and the title was later accepted in the scientific community as a ‘backronym,’ standing for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.
This type of light event appears closer to the equator than a normal aurora.
In the latest study, researchers analyzed a STEVE event that occurred over eastern Canada on March 28, 2008.
The team compared images from ground-based cameras with data from the NOAA’s Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite 17 (POES-17), which was overhead at the time and can measure charged particles raining down towards Earth. MORE