The picture you see above looks like a surrealist painting, but it’s not. It was taken by photographer Dave Lane, who photographed the Abyss Pool in Yellowstone Park just after a storm had passed the area,

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“The airglow was crazy,” Lane explained on Facebook. “This is all actual airglow only slightly enhanced. Normally I decrease saturation on airglow 10% this time I went up 10% and it’s stunning I think.”

As io9 explains, airglow is that phenomenon where there’s a faint emission of light in the atmosphere, which prevents the night sky from ever being completely dark.

This isn’t Lane’s only such spectacular photo of the night skies. A similar picture that was taken last August has been included in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) archive, which contains several other mesmerizing pictures of our skies — see that second image below.

milky-way-yellowstone-park-dave-lane-2Image Source: Dave Lane

The photographer, clearly very passionate about our night skies, explained on Facebook the secret behind his amazing photos.

Get away from the light drive out 20-30 miles out of town and look up on a clear dark night and you may see something that will forever change your life. This is what a galaxy looks like from the inside,” he wrote in the comments section of the APOD image above.