Sun November 27, 2011 By:

reasons for twinkling of stars but not planets

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Sun November 27, 2011
Stars twinkle due to an effect called “Stellar Scintillation”. This due to the light from the distant star passing through our atmosphere which is turbulent causing the light to be bent or refracted, so the stars appear to twinkle.Planets on the other hand are much closer and this effect is simply too small to be noticed. 
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