Justin Majeczky was perched high above the Golden Gate Bridge on Slacker Hill executing some time-lapse photography last night when something showed up in his frame that he surely didn’t expect—a Trident D5 ballistic missile launched by the USS Kentucky off the coast of Southern California.

The result is breathtaking imagery that even catches the missile ascending up from the horizon during its initial boost phase, with the always-gorgeous San Francisco shimmering in the distance. It truly was a fantastic catch, and if Justin was looking to catch falling meteors over the Bay Area, he got a way better show than he expected.

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