reply to post by SwissMarked
For what it's worth I experienced a similar thing, sort of.
I live in the UK and my rear garden faces south west and there is virtually no artificial lighting.
Tuesday evening about 8.30pm I went outside with the dog and noticed the stars in the clear sky.
Just like you SwissMarked I looked at Venus and Jupiter, ever so bright to the west, and admired Orion, my favourite constellation, and then checked
out Mars to the east.
I check round occasionally for satellites and looking around I noticed a "star" due south west that seemed to be twinkling "funny", seemingly in
different colours, as you describe SwissMarked with red, blue, white etc, the colours seemed to be flashing in sequence and each colour was eminating
from its own "side" of the "star".
At first I thought it was the navigation lights of a stationary helicopter in the distance or a very high plane - but it was stationary for too long.
I wear glasses so I suspected that my glasses needed cleaning which I went inside to do, I also picked up my binoculars, when I looked again, the
"star" was still there and still twinkling "funny".
Looking through my not too powerful binoculars help me see the multicolour effect a little clearer, and I knew it was not a usual optical effect.
I looked away from the "star" briefly to look at other stars to see if they were now twinkling in the same fashion, but none that I looked at were
showing the same appearance.
When I looked back at the funny star, it had gone.
It had been obscured by a small cloud, but there were no other clouds in the sky.
I am aware that clouds can form for different reasons in just a few seconds, but it isn't the sudden appearance of the cloud that bemused me, it was
the wierd multi-coloured twinkling of the "star".
Atmospheric anomalies, ice crystals and the like are usually blamed for strange events such as this, but I cannot understand why the anomaly was
confined to just one "star".