‘Steve’ wins competition run by first Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

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A photograph of a mysterious phenomenon known as Steve (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) has won a photography competition run by the first Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.

Meet Steve, by Berneray photographer Casey McIntyre, captures the rare phenomenon that can be seen during displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

The photograph will appear on the cover of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival print programme, available from next week, and will also be included in an exhibition at An Lanntair that will run throughout the festival in February 2019.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, created and led by An Lanntair, will take place on the Isle of Lewis from February 8-21, 2019. Speakers will include Chris Lintott from BBC’s The Sky at Night, science presenter Heather Couper and Astronomer Royal for Scotland, John Brown. There will be live music performances and film screenings including The Rocket Post and the silent movie Wunder Der Schöpfung.