Photos: Millions of spiders fall from sky in Australia

Residents of a small town in Australia were stunned when millions of baby spiders were spotted falling from the sky.

People living in the town of Goulburn in the South of New South Wales, woke up to find their gardens and homes were covered in a dense layer of cobwebs, homing thousands of tiny arachnids.

It sounds like the plot of a horror movie but this is actually a natural event called “angel hair”.

The phenomenon sees spiders climb to the top of vegetation and release a stream of silk which catches on the breeze and carries them on the wind.

Known as “ballooning”, the makeshift parachutes allow the eight-legged creatures to travel great distances and spiders have reportedly been seen as far as 1,600 km (900 miles) from land.

- Photos: Instagram/Daniel Munoz