‘STEVE’ descends on North America after a surprise solar storm

In the darkness of Sunday night and Monday morning (August 7 and August 8), a surprising solar storm (opens in a new tab) slammed into Earth, showering our planet in a rapid stream of charged particles from the Sun.

The clash of sun and earth particles i Worldand caused this wonderful atmosphere auraras seen at a much lower latitude than usual — and, in southern Canada, it prompted a surprise cameo from the mysterious sky phenomenon known as STEVE.

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