Spider photobombs NASA meteor camera

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The spider really isn't as huge as it looks. Photo credit: NASA

A camera pointed at the sky to get good shots of a meteor shower has been photobombed by a spider.

In a scene that might remind some of Hollywood sci-fi film Starship Troopers or a classic scene from The Simpsons, a NASA camera in Arizona recording the Perseids had a surprise eight-legged visitor.

The spider crawled across the fish-eye lens at the Mt Lemmon SkyCenter near Tuscon, LiveScience reported, appearing to stretch from star to star.

The camera is one of 17 NASA has which are able to record the entire night sky. They're usually used to catch bright meteors, which can be unpredictable.

In 1997's Starship Troopers, Earth is at war with an insect species known as Arachnids. 

And in the 1994 episode of The Simpsons, 'Deep Space Homer', ants are released into the weightless cabin of a space shuttle. They float by a camera which is supplying a live feed to Earth, prompting news host Kent Brockman to welcome Earth's "new insect overlords".

NASA's cameras in the past have been photobombed by bugs, owls and other birds. 

A really huge owl.
A really huge owl. Photo credit: NASA