This stunning photo of the northern lights looks exactly like a phoenix taking flight

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Phoenix rising.

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Apparently, clouds aren't the only ones forming crazy shapes in the sky these days.

As if the northern lights needed to be any more impressive, Icelandic photographer Hallgrimur P. Helgason shared a photo he took of the northern lights that bears a shocking resemblance to a phoenix -- the giant, fire-eating mythological bird -- with outstretched wings as if it were soaring across the Kaldarsel sky.

Since it's original upload on February 6th, Helgason's incredible image has begun circulating the web, making headlines and wowing people all over the world.

All over the press now :)

Posted by Hallgrimur P. Helgason on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Oddly enough, the humble Helgason admits he was able to capture the magical moment almost by luck.

In a post he made in a Facebook group called Iceland The Photographer's Paradise, Helgason explained that he 'was shooting another direction when this phenomeon appeared at the corner of my eye. Of course I quickly repositioned the camera and made three shots vertorama to get it all."

And it's a good thing he did, because otherwise the world may have missed out on this ethereal sight entirely!

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