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STEVE over Orsta, Norway. January 17, 2013.

STEVE photograped over Ørsta, Norway on January 17, 2013. STEVE fotografert over Ørsta, Norge den 17. januar 2013. STEVE, is an abbreviation for: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. Photo details: Canon 500D, Sigma 17-70 mm lens.

STEVE photographed over Ørsta, Norway on January 17, 2013.
(STEVE fotografert over Follestaddalen i Ørsta, Norge den 17. januar 2013.)

STEVE (atmospheric phenomenon)

On the evening of January 17, 2013 there was a vivid display (see two photos at the bottom of the page) of aurora borealis seen from my location  in Ørsta, Norway. (Lat 62.18 N)
The same evening I also noticed a structure – a band, that resembled a contrail from a plane. This narrow band was however different. It appeared white, but a tint glow of purple could be seen. I stopped photographing the aurora borealis, and directed the camera/lens to the eastern sky where the phenomenon was located.  And shot several images.

Several years later, in 2016, this phenomenon was named STEVE. STEVE, is an abbreviation for: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. It is a phenomen that is still not fully understood.

This photo was dormant on a hard disk drive until it was recovered in mid-October 2020.

Date/Time: January 17, 2013 21:10.39

Location: Ørsta, Norway

Equipment:
Canon EOS 500D, Sigma 17 – 70 mm lens, Remote controller: RC-5, tripod.

Settings: Iso: 1600, exposure time: 18 seconds

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