AN ‘Aurora Chaser’ says the strange aerial sighting he and his group have dubbed ‘Steve’ could reveal secrets about UFOs.
University of Calgary physicist Eric Donovan had studied auroras for years and never thought much about the glowing green lights in the sky.
“I put it in a bucket, which I understood,” he told Scientific American.
However, in a bar he met members of the Alberta Aurora Chasers, a group of amateur Aurora photographers.
The group showed him their pictures as they talked, and Donovan noticed that it looked otherworldly, as if it were the kind of sight one would see in the skies of an alien planet.
Donovan realized that the green and purple lights he had come to know actually lived in an “unidentified” bucket that he didn’t understand.
He and the Aurora chasers began naming the phenomenon “Steve,” a reference from the children’s film Over the Hedge.
Steve is also an acronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.
Donovan would join forces with the Aurora trackers to track Steve down and keep an eye on him, coinciding with Nasa’s new project aimed at studying UFOs.
After a series of highly publicized UFO sightings earlier this year, Nasa announced it would launch a small study into unidentified aerial phenomena [UAPs].
Approximately eight to twelve experts will work on the independent UAP study with the goal of identifying data and analytical techniques that could advance the scientific understanding of UAPs.
Still, Donovan and his colleagues are conducting their own research with Steve, hoping to pin it down by seeing it intersect their data streams from satellites with images taken on the ground.
The team went on hiatus in July 2016 after one of Donovan’s panoramic cameras caught Steve in action. He shared the incident on Facebook and asked if anyone caught him.
Just minutes later, another user sent him two photos proving Steve was real beyond a reasonable doubt.
“That was the most dramatic day,” Donovan said.
By using their social media presence, the team is able to collect information from ordinary people to obtain photos and other materials to better understand the atmospheric phenomena.
“I don’t think we’ll ever run out of things to discover,” Donovan said, adding that the team is “not in discovery mode.”
He hopes that with a line of research specifically aimed at UAPs, like NASA’s study, incremental advances in knowledge could be made.
“My guess is this [project] it’s probably more about the data,” Donovan said. “and less about [searching for] unknown flying objects.”
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/6005047/alberta-aurora-chasers-ufo-nasa-study/ I’m an Aurora tracker – how weird aerial sightings we’ve dubbed Steve could reveal the biggest UFO mysteries