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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Observed the same thing in Phoenix, AZ 07OCT2008 at 0200 local time. 'Star' in the east/southeast sky at about 30º above horizon. Flashing/twinkling was very distinct and the color rotation was predictable, red, blue, white, repeat..
Originally posted by peskyhumans
Phage - in regards to the scintillation/twinkling the way I was taught is that twinkling is the little "rays" that stars emit when you look at them, that happens because they release their own light, where as planets dont emit rays because their basically just mirrors, reflecting light, and will just appear to be little dots.
It wasn't untill a couple years back when I noticed this "blinking star" that I had ever seen what astronomers describe as scintillation (color changing). I would like to ask you though, if scintillation is caused by wind or dust why wouldn't all the stars in my sky scintillate? Im just seeing one, and its constantly.
Thanks for the feedback!
Originally posted by Boognish
reply to post by leeza
Leeza, cool pics. What time and in what direction do you see this flashing object? When you were taking those great shots of the moon, where was the flashing object in relation to the moon?
Did you see the video clip posted by waveguide3 on page 2 in this thread?
It looks pretty wild huh? But it's just a star seen through a large telescope while messing with the focus. It certainly appears to be moving too, but it is not.
[edit on 15-10-2008 by Boognish]