A strange phenomenon was recorded during the Perseid meteor shower

Astrophotographer Shirak Hospian reported on his Instagram page that he managed to capture a very strange flash during a Perseid meteor shower hunt.

I was looking up into the sky and visually noticed a bright green beam about half the width of the Milky Way flashed for a split second. I shot a timelapse, and this is the only shot that shows the event. There is no trace of this event in the before and after shots.

I saw this flash with my eyes and I’m pretty sure there was no singularity – just a short sustained beam of light. I don’t think it’s lens flare, because nothing was captured that was bright enough to cause such a flash, and this is the only frame out of hundreds that has that “flash.” In addition, the flare seems to be quite long, reaching to the edges of the frame, I don’t think this is typical of lens flare.

It’s not a meteor or a meteor, I’ve never seen a meteor show up this way, and from what I saw, there was no trace – just a flash, which is atypical for meteors. The event was also overhead, where turbulence is minimal.

It freaked me out when I saw that flash…. It was like a bright green beam of light that lasted a fraction of a second.

Equipment:-Camera: Nikon D810 (unmodified)
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED

Date:-August 12, 2021, 3am. Bortle 3.5, latitude ~23.5N.
Single exposure without tracking: 20s/14mm/ISO 6400/f2.8
– Luminous noise reduction
– Curves correction
– Levels (color balance tool)
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED

After this image was published, Hospian reached out to the astronomical community to get some help in determining what caused it, but so far, no one has been able to explain what the astrophotographer saw and was able to capture.

Among the many versions, there is a version of aliens who came to Earth under the cover of the Perseid meteor shower on August 11 or 12.

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