OT: We may know less about STEVE than we thought we did

I came across this article about STEVE* and a citizen scientist’s video that is making physicists rethink their ideas about this atmospheric phenomena.

  • STEVE is a backronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. According to a recent episode of the A Way With Words podcast, amateur astronomers were discussing these colored lights they were observing and started calling them Steve just to be able to refer to them. When scientists started studying them they backfilled the letters to make the acronym STEVE.