Chris Ratzlaff, a Calgary photographer and co-author of a research paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, said ‘Steve’ was meant to be a temporary name, but scientists have decided to keep it — only it now stands for ‘Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement’.

The Canadian Press:

Amateur scientists in Canada have helped researchers discover a new type of northern lights.

The glowing ribbon of purple — and sometimes green — that runs east-west in the night sky has been observed and photographed by aurora borealis chasers for years.

“My involvement is being the goofball who named it Steve,” said Chris Ratzlaff, a Calgary photographer who’s a co-author of a research paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.