Photo of Mysterious Phenomenon Wins Astrology Competition

A photo of a mysterious phenomenon has won the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival photography competition.

Called Meet Steve, by local photographer Casey McIntyre, the photograph captures a rare phenomenon called STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement).

Astronomers have been exploring what causes the celestial phenomenon, which can be seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights). NASA has funded a citizen science project called Aurorasaurus, which is seeking sightings and photographs of the aurora.

The research is expected to help track the chemical and physical processes taking place in space near Earth. This could help scientists understand more about near-Earth space weather, which can interfere with satellites and communication signals.

You can submit reports or photographs of STEVE or other celestial phenomena directly on the Android or iOS app or on the website.

The winning photo will appear in an exhibition at the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, the Western Isles’ first ever astronomy festival.

Created and led by An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway, events including stargazing, talks with scientists and film screenings will be held across the Isle of Lewis from 8 – 21 February 2019.


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