Skywatching Spider Photobombs Perseid Meteor Shower

How do you spot a “shooting star”? Well, you don’t look for eight legs; that’s for sure.

But a NASA camera designed to photograph meteors spotted more than it bargained for during the Perseid meteor shower, when a curious spider stopped by. The photograph was taken at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter near Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 5, 2019.

NASA maintains a network of 17 all-sky cameras, which capture black-and-white images of the entire sky using a fish-eye lens. The cameras are designed to spot fireballs, which are meteors that enter Earth’s atmosphere in a streak brighter in the sky than Venus.[…]


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