Pictured is an original, non-altered photograph that showcases a lava flow from the Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii against the night sky. Photographer Mike Mezeul captured this image during Kīlauea’s eruption earlier this year and was lucky enough to have the moon and a meteorite in the frame alongside the Milky Way.
“When I found this surface flow and saw the clouds had cleared out, I knew I needed to at least try to get the stars above with the lava,” Mezeul told This is Colossal, in an interview. “As twilight faded, I saw that the position of the moon – which was just a sliver – was to the right of the Milky Way so I figured what the heck, might as well try to get the Milky Way with the lava.” After only three shots another fortuitous event occurred: a meteor just happened to streak across the sky.
Check out Mezeul’s Instagram account for more images captured in the great outdoors.
Image credit: Mike Mezeul
Source: This is Colossal