February 15, 2013. An ordinary winter morning. Having opened my eyes after a nap and got through all the stages of the morning awakening, I go outside. I put my Canon 7D on the car's back seat, start the engine, and stand by the car, breathing in the fresh morning air. I am waiting for the interior to warm up.

Suddenly a bright turquoise dot appears high in the morning sky. It quickly turns into a dazzling arrow, but my thought is faster!!! I don't understand anything yet, but I manage to get my phone out of my pocket. Unfortunately, I don't have time to grab my camera, even though I have a great SLR in the car. I take a picture almost without looking at it, as the first explosion blinds me for a few moments.

The result is a shot that can't be taken in the next hundred years.


It's a unique shot of a unique, rare natural phenomenon. Wikipedia says, "According to NASA estimates, this is the largest known celestial body to fall to Earth since the Tunguska meteor in 1908. And it corresponds to an event that occurs on average once every 100 years."


This is an authentic photo. This is not a screenshot from a video, a collage or a drawing. It is probably the only photo that shows the full extent of the terrifying beauty of this natural phenomenon, called the Chelyabinsk meteorite.