Mystery Creature – GoPro Hero 4 BLack Night Lapse

Published on Nov 28, 2015 by neepervision

During an all-night time lapse in a very rural part of Arizona, there were 20 frames (each 20 seconds apart) that showed a strange moving figure. At first I thought it was a scorpion or rattlesnake; but neither of these could move so slowly (over 6 minutes) so smoothly. Also; there was nothing in front of the camera to “slither” on.

What is this mysterious creature, chupacabra, or something else?

It looks like very poor computer animation, I assure you; the object is really there. The “object” appears to move away from the camera and down. It is definitely moving away because there is motion blur on the Z-Axis. The image is slightly gained-up to see better.

August 3rd 2015 at 11:50pm near St. David, AZ.
GoPro Hero 4 Black camera set to Night Lapse /20 sec. interval
Camera Height: 6′
Frame Time: 20 sec interval
Event Duration: 20 frames
Event time: 6.666 Minutes.
Looking East at Waning gibbous moon

What is this mysterious creature, chupacabra, or something else?

Viewing the 2016 Perseids

Meteor over US West Coast – August, 11th 2013 – © Scott Butner
The Perseid is the most gifted Meteor Shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The Perseid offers a consistently high rate of meteors every year and it occurs in August when the temperatures are usually nice enough for a night under the stars!

Comet Dust
Earth encounters debris from Comet Swift–Tuttle every year at the same period.
Earth encounters debris from Comet Swift–Tuttle every year at the same period.

Every year, the dust particles from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet pass the Earth orbit and burn in our atmosphere (about 70 miles / 110km above us) from mid-July to the end of August. The meteors are in fact glowing columns of air resulting from the burn of these particles. When the dust and ice hits our atmosphere at around 37 miles / second (59km/s) they disintegrate high up in the atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. Most of these particles are the size of sand grains, while a few are as big as peas. They can streak across the sky in a flash, or persist for several seconds before vanishing. Meteor Showers peak, or reach maximum, at the same time each year.
Composite Image of the Perseids Meteor Shower 2013- Germany – © mLu.fotos
The radiant point for the Perseid meteor shower is in the constellation Perseus (North East, after midnight). 

Meteor Showers are named for the constellation out of which they seem to come. Because all of the particles are moving in roughly the same direction, the meteors which strike our atmosphere all “point” back to the direction of the comet’s path. This point in the sky is called the Meteor Shower Radiant. The Perseids appear to come from a point next to the constellation of Perseus. Perseids can be seen anywhere in the sky, but the direction of motion, when traced back, will point to a point next to the Perseus constellation.