Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.
January 4, 2012 8:21 AM Subscribe
What makes a star "twinkle"?
posted by fignewton to science & nature (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Last night I went far out into the Alabama country to get a truly awesome view of the nighttime sky. I saw several shooting stars, but what interested me more was the fact that at least two objects I saw, which were not Jupiter nor Mars, were visibly "twinkling" -- from red to blue to white to red and so on.
What were these objects? Planets? Stars? What made them appear to be twinkling?