Perseid Meteors and More?
By Chuck Cagara
August 13 and 14, 2020
Each year I enjoy viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower and always hope to capture a few on camera.
Conditions were not ideal this year since I was not able to journey to a dark-sky site and were further limited by a combination of light pollution and intermittent cloudiness.
We did manage to see a fair number and include this one, as it was the biggest and brightest, at least during the actual times we were viewing and/or photographing. This was captured during the "peak" at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday the 13th.
Interestingly, we also captured an unusual aircraft flight pattern as seen in the photo with numbers from 1thru 10. The photo is a composite of ten images take between 11:45 and 11:49 p.m. on Friday night (8-14.)
The numbers indicate the direction of travel from start to finish while the small gaps represent 8-second intervals between the time one photo ends and the next begins. The photos were 20-second exposures.
Unlike a typical aircraft flight path which is seen during a time exposure as a straight line with intermittent red or green "dots" as the lights blink, this craft exhibits an odd flight pattern including two 180° turns as it moves through the night sky. The camera was on "auto pilot" at the time these exposures were made so I was not able to be outside to hear the sound of the craft, be it fixed-wing or rotor.
The detail photo also shows an arrangement of lights which I had not seen before.
So, all you Edhat nite-owl sleuths, weigh in with your theories as to its origin... of this world or another...?