Asked • 04/12/19

Why do stars flicker?

Why do stars flicker and planets don't? At least this is what I've read online and seen on the night sky. I've heard that it has to do something with the fact that stars emit light and planets reflect it. But I don't get it, isn't this light, just "light"? What happens to the reflected light that it doesn't flicker anymore?I was thinking that it has to do something with Earth's atmosphere, different temperatures or something (if this has any role at all).

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Ashley K. answered • 04/18/19

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