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Vancouver photographer shares spellbinding snap of northern lights (PHOTO)

"This was by far the most spectacular display I’ve seen"
Metro Vancouver residents shared images and videos of a breathtaking northern lights display in their own backyard on October 11, 2021.

Metro Vancouverites shared images and videos of a breathtaking northern lights display in their own backyard this week.

But one local photographer has captured a particularly awe-inspiring perspective of the vibrant green glow in local skies. 

Vancouver-based Liron Gertsman says Monday's rare spectacle was "the most spectacular display" he'd seen, "with green glows and pillars clearly visible to the naked eye, dancing on the northern horizon."

The local photographer writes that he spent nearly the entire night shooting the sky from various locations in the city. 

Gertsman says the aurora was particularly intense while he was shooting the photograph that he shared on Instagram. The vibrant green hues "lit up the sky" over the North Shore mountains and the Lions Gate Bridge.

Other photography highlights from Gertsman in Vancouver 

Back in March, NASA featured the 20-year-old photographer's jaw-dropping photograph of two nebulae glowing vibrantly above The Lions — known as the Two Sisters or Ch'ich'iyúy Elxwíkn, in the Squamish language — as the space agency's coveted "picture of the day."

The spellbinding snap features the North America and Pelican Nebulae beaming above the mountain peaks, in several shades of pink and red.

In July 2020, Gertsman shared another remarkable image of a rare comet and Aurora Borealis at Harrison Lake.

The Neowise comet, discovered in March by NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope, reached its closest point to the sun on July 3 last year, which caused the “frozen ice ball” to heat up and burn gas and dust off its surface. 

Follow Gertsman on Instagram or check out his photography on his website.