In episode 45, Liz MacDonald from the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses in her research into STEVE, a previously unrecorded atmospheric phenomenon discovered by citizen scientists in late 2016 that appears as a ribbon of flickering purple and green light in the night sky. Her article “New science in plain sight: Citizen scientists lead to the discovery of optical structure in the upper atmosphere” was published on March 18, 2018 in Science Advances, and was co-authored with multiple professional and citizen scientists.
- Aurorasaurus citizen science project
- Liz on Twitter
- Liz talking about “glitter bombs” on NPR’s Science Friday
- “Mystery of Purple Lights in Sky Solved With Help From Citizen Scientists“
- Origin of backronym STEVE
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Hosts / Producers
Doug Leigh & Ryan Watkins
How to Cite
Leigh, D., Watkins, R., & MacDonald, E.. (2019, March 20). Parsing Science – The Wonder of STEVE. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7885070
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