Capturing the Northern Lights has long been a pilgrimage for photographers hoping to document one of the most astonishing natural beauties in the world.
But when landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi headed to the spectacular Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland, he didn't expect to see an alien's face peering down at him.
The green stretch of light in his picture could be confused for the onset of a cosmic invasion as it bizarrely resembles the face of a space creature.
A visitor from outer space?
On a clear night on September 8, Iurie said he stayed up all night and waited to watch the aurora Northern Lights dance in the sky.
He said: "I can't describe with words what I feel when I see the Northern lights, but in my opinion it is the most amazing phenomenon we can witness.
The 'alien' up close
"I wish everybody could see it at least once in their life.
"I didn't see the alien face during shooting, but when I came home I checked my photographs on the computer and I saw it! It's unbelievable, I couldn't believe my eyes."
The 29-year-old native Moldovan used a Canon 5D Mark III to shoot the spectacle.
Self-taught Iurie moved to Iceland in 2006 to follow his biggest passion, the Northern Lights.
He is now waiting for the solar max in 2013-2014 to capture more aurora activity.
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