Could Steve be a clue to the polar ice caps melting? There are a few articles about it, this on is in the NY Times. I may have named it with an innocuous name, which would mean they didn’t want it discovered. Also, most of the pictures look like it’s coming from the earth, whereas the aurora borealis looks like a curtain.
Taken from the NY Times article –
Is it a wayward piece of the aurora borealis? Or maybe a plane’s contrail? A rarely seen strip of a proton aurora? Or is it a comet’s tail?
Dr. Donovan’s next step was to gather data on the phenomenon, which he did with help from Swarm, a constellation of satellites run by the European Space Agency.
In orbit about 250 miles from Earth’s surface, the three identical satellites measure “magnetic signals that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust and oceans, as well as from the ionosphere and magnetosphere,” according to the agency.
In July 2016, Swarm collected data on Steve’s location, temperature and velocity that complemented the careful documentation that the aurora chasers were delivering from the ground.