Is that a proton torpedo exploding through space? Nah. Maybe the world's most incredibly unsafe powerline crackling in the night sky? Or how about a CGI bit from The Hobbit? Well, no, but close. It has to do with a dragon, see.
The photo is actually of fireworks, shot during a Lunar New Year celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gizmodo reader Crystal sent in the purdy effect. Here's how she got the shot:
My cousin had an assortment of fireworks for the Chinese New Year celebration and I decided to photograph some of them in his backyard. A Canon 450D on a tripod was used to shoot it and the results for this particular type of firework surprised me. Here are the shooting details:
Focal length: 18mm
Shutter Speed: 2.5 secs