Sensational pictures of last week's meteorite strike have emerged from a Russian photographer.
Marat Akhmetaleyev, 31, had just fixed his tripod for some landscape pictures when the space rock shot through the sky, exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima explosions.
'I was lucky to just see it. I was EXTREMELY lucky to be able to photograph it,' he told The Siberian Times.
'It was a truly idyllic morning, so quiet, so peaceful. I was completely relaxed and totally into my landscape shooting - until the sudden appearance of this 'guest'. I can't say it was all that professional, the way I responded. I just did everything automatically.'
The results are stunning. Breathtaking.
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