Stunning Aurora Borealis Photo Looks Like a Dog Jumping Through the Air

Aurora Borealis In Fairbanks Alaska on 03-21-2014

Time-lapse photographer Ole Salomonsen once referred to the aurora borealis as the ‘polar spirits,’ and characterized their movements as dancing. Well, after seeing the image above by photographer John Chumack we’re tempted to conclude that the polar spirits have pets that do some jumping while their parents dance.

A beautiful image captured while on his annual aurora tour last month near Fairbanks, AL, Chumack calls this “one of [his] best fisheye lens shots of the Aurora.” When the dog appeared in the sky, he quickly got out his Baader Modified Canon Rebel XSi with 8mm lens and set up a 15-second exposure at ISO 1600. The image above is the result.

To learn more, head over to Chumack’s Galactic Images blog by clicking here. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the labeled version that points out the notable planets, stars and constellations surrounding Aurora Balto in this image.

(via APOD)

Image credits: Photograph by John Chumack and used with permission.

  • fast eddie

    looks more like a cat to me, but whatevs…

  • cryofly

    Sorry, it is a feline not canine.

  • Scott B

    I am going to call this a cat too. You should have said “puuuur-fect photo of a feline borealis”

  • C Jacobs

    If I squint and pretend really hard….

  • Sean Mason

    I think it’s a gazelle.

  • Banan Tarr

    What did it really look like? I personally can’t find a way to like these aurora shots using lenses that distort the horizon so badly…

  • Tooki

    I must echo what others have already said. It’s clearly a cat.

  • D-Funk

    It’s more like a leaping alligator.

  • Dover

    And put the phrase “jaw-dropping” in there somewhere…

  • Bolkey

    deffntly rabbit. A white one.

  • Chris Malmberg

    It’s not a dog, it’s a honey badger. obviously.

  • Zack Deal

    To me it looks like a natural light display in the sky, especially in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere.

  • Oj0

    It’s a cat.

    Source: I’ve seen plenty of cats in my life.