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October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 amFREE
Chasing Steve is a short documentary about a group of passionate night sky photographers who have stumbled on a celestial phenomenon not formerly studied by scientists and have captured the world’s scientific community’s attention. They humorously named this band of light “Steve” and now astrophysicists worldwide are studying what it could be.
For years, an intrepid group of aurora chasers scattered across Alberta have been photographing a curious ribbon of purple and green light in their night skies. Extending for hundreds to thousands of kilometres and appearing for just a few minutes to an hour at a time, the Alberta Aurora Chasers captured this celestial phenomenon believing it to be a proton arc.
It was not until Eric Donovan, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary, and his colleague Elizabeth MacDonald, a Space Scientist at NASA, told them proton arcs cannot be seen by the naked eye that they realized they had possibly discovered something new.
Affectionately calling it Steve, the Alberta Aurora Chasers have become citizen scientists over-night and are currently not only documenting Steve for significant scientific research but also being recognized in academic publications for their part in the race to determine what in the world Steve is.
The screening will be 22 minutes followed by a Q&A with filmmakers. Doors open at 9:30am.
Directors: Leah Mallen, Jess Fraser
Producers: Leah Mallen, Jess Fraser
Director of Photography: Thomas Buchan
Composer: Andrew Harris Editor: Aram Coen
Produced for TELUS by All in Pictures Inc and Section 2.