It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot for Brett Abernethy, but he nailed it. Oh, did he ever nail it.
The Calgary photographer was stationed at Johnson Lake in Banff National Parkwith a colleague at about 1:22 a.m. last Saturday, hoping to catch some auroras, the Calgary Herald reported.
The sky soon lit up like it was daytime, Abernethy said. He was using a 49-second exposure on his Canon 5D Mark III camera when a meteor shot across the sky above Mount Rundle, creating a rare and spectacular photo, said The Calgary Sun.
Here's a version of the photo that was posted on Imgur:
"It was like the light that comes from [an] arc welder, sort of blue and white," he told the newspaper. "I knew right away what it was."
The photo has since spread all over social media, on networks such as Twitter, Reddit and Imgur.
Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen joked that it was Santa Claus and his reindeer in the sky that night, perhaps practicing for Christmas.
It's not the first time that Abernethy has captured such an outstanding shot. He has posted numerous photos of auroras on his Twitter account.
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