A comet, lightning, and fireworks

Perth Australia beach lit up by fireworks.

Talk about a photographic trifecta.  The Astronomy Picture Of The Day, from July 5th, is a photo taken in January 2007 in Perth, Australia wherein a group of people watching the Australia Day celebratory fireworks catch a glimpse of Comet McNaught and a lightning storm.

You might be wondering what the Aussies are doing on the beach in January, wearing shorts no less.  Let us not forget our solstices.

The photo is amazing, stunning, and extremely well captured.  The editor for APOD hits the nail right on the head when they wrote: "Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town."

Source: APOD 2008 July 5 - Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning.