In 1986, in a flyby shooting, the Voyager 2 space probe took some of our first photos of Uranus. The planet looked blue-green and featureless, a planetary pokerface. In the decades since, we’ve learned that Uranus does have weather, visible as variations in color on the surface, and new photos from by the Keck II telescope in Hawaii (above) reveal the ice giant’s meteorology in more detail than ever before. The scalloped pattern near the equator is a ring of clouds; the busy,
Dr. Peter Jäger, an arachnologist from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, was just taking a break from a TV shoot in a cave in Laos—like you do—when he came across this gigantic harvestman, or daddy longlegs. A pair of its legs spans 33 cm, over a foot, from end to end, making it one of the largest-known members of its order, the opiliones.
Don’t take this the wrong way, arachnophobes, but it missed the record for longest-legged daddy longlegs by a centimeter.