Photo of the Day: Protesters Dazzle Egyptian Helicopter With Thousands of Laser Pointers

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

A weekend that saw more mass protests in Cairo's Tahrir square and across Egypt created a stunning, sci-fi-worth image. When a military helicopter overflew the crowd gathered in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo, thousands of protesters aimed pocket laser pointers skyward, bathing the craft and its rotors in pinpoints of brightly colored light.

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Even moderately powerful lasers can disrupt a pilot's sight lines inside the cockpit, and while the protesters' intent was perhaps not to bring the Army chopper down, their lasers all trained in unison created an amazing 21st-century visual.

Video shot from outside the palace is equally impressive: