A NASA digicam located near Tucson, Arizona, captured this graphic of a spider and a Perseid meteor on Aug. 5, 2019.
(Impression: © NASA)
How do you location a “shooting star”? Nicely, you don’t search for 8 legs that’s for sure.
But a NASA digicam designed to photograph meteors noticed extra than it bargained for all through the Perseid meteor shower, when a curious spider stopped by. The photograph was taken at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter in the vicinity of Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. five, 2019.
NASA maintains a community of 17 all-sky cameras, which capture black-and-white photos of the entire sky applying a fish-eye lens. The cameras are intended to place fireballs, which are meteors that enter Earth’s environment in a streak brighter in the sky than Venus.
All-sky cameras consistently place critters that are a very little additional terrestrial than meteors. NASA has earlier revealed photographs of a bug, an owl and a tiny chook halting by an all-sky digital camera. And this the latest spider check out just isn’t the first time NASA has dealt with a photogenic arachnid: In 2007, a plumper spider crawled around a digital camera poised to look at the launch of the room shuttle Atlantis.
The Perseid meteor shower is ordinarily the finest one particular of the year, but this 12 months, the streakers are tough to make out in opposition to the glow of the waxing moon. The Perseids peak Aug. 12, when skywatchers could spot between 10 and 15 meteors for each hour, and the meteor shower proceeds via Aug. 24. The Perseids happen when Earth plows through debris surrounding Comet Swift-Tuttle.