‘STEVE’ descends on North America after surprise solar storm

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

The resulting clash of solar and terrestrial particles in Earth‘s atmosphere caused stunning auroras to appear at much lower latitudes than usual—and, in southern Canada, triggered a surprise cameo from the mysterious sky phenomenon known as STEVE.

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