Have you ever looked up at the night sky and was completely amazed at the number of "dots" in the sky? Have you ever tried to guess those "dots", or wondered if you were actually looking at a star or a planet?
Just like weather, astronomy can be very intriguing...and I recently ran across an article that listed some fun facts regarding Stars. One fact is that stars do NOT
literally twinkle. They only appear to twinkle as the "starlight" is being slightly deflected while passing through the different densities of the multiple layers of the Earth's atmosphere. This slight deflection of light gives the visual illusion of a twinkling star (or twinkling stars)...which many of us enjoy looking at from time to time.
Another fact is that no one can see a million stars at any one time with the naked eye. This is mainly due to the fact that there are not enough stars close enough to the Earth, nor bright enough, to see. On the perfect star gazing night (no moonlight, no city lights, no clouds), a person could only see maybe 2,000-2,500 stars...but who's really counting.
For more starry tid-bits, check out the link to this fact filled article:http://earthsky.org/space/ten-things-you-may-not-know-about-stars
Meteorologist Deitra Tate