While pursuing storms across the United States, photographer Jeff Berkes snapped a surprise smorgasbord of night sky delights, including the northern lights, a Bootid meteor, lightning and the Milky Way.
"Storms were not in the forecast, but storms like to find me one way or another. As the storms closed in on our location we shifted our cameras 180 degrees to the north and noticed the auroras spiking out above the thunderheads," Jeff Berkes wrote SPACE.com in an email. He captured the photo in Greensburg, Kansas. on June 29 not long after midnight.
"It was truly magical to say the least, we lost sight of the northern lights after about thirty minutes or so." [See More Stunning Night Sky Views by Jeffrey Berkes: Photos ]
Seen in the night sky toward the constellation Bootes, the June Bootid meteor shower can be viewed each year from June 26 to July 2.
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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.