Daryl Lindsey
April 28, 2017 12:35 pm

A bright purple streak of light crossing Canadian skies is actually an unknown aurora phenomenon — but people are just calling it “Steve.”

When Alberta Aurora Chasers members first began photographing the colorful streak, they thought it was something called a “proton aurora,” only later realizing that proton aurora can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Also unlike “traditional” Northern Lights, the streak doesn’t move, remaining stationary in the sky.

The streak is visible all over the north, so it doesn’t appear to be a random happenstance.

But why call a celestial phenomenon “Steve?”

Alberta Aurora Chasers founder Chris Ratzlaff came up with the name, saying he got the idea from the animated film Over the Hedge.

Well… Steve sure is pretty, ain’t he?

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