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It's true that planets usually don't flicker, or twinkle (or scincillate, as astronomers like to call it). The reason is that they are close enough that they are actually seen as a disk with a larger diameter than the atmosphere can "wash out" (the seeing disk). Stars, on the other hand, are point sources, and this point jumps back and forth on the sky, as ...


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The answer is: frequently. There are many amateur astronomers that make it their ambition to discover new supernovae or to observe and report on new variable stars. As an example, let me cite amateurs Robert Evans, who apparently holds the record for most supernovae found by visual observation, or Tom Boles, who holds the record for supernova discoveries by ...


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At that time (20:50), and that location (Houston, Tx), Mars was closer to the horizon. You can see that in the sky-chart provided by heavens-above.com (attached below). I cannot tell what's the other object you describe, but if you are not sure whether something is a planet or a star, the planets doesn't twinkle whether the star does.


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You will be able to recognize Mars easily from its red color. Mars looks like a red tiny dot in the night sky. You can always use apps such as Google sky map. You simply point your phone in the direction of the red dot and your phone will identify the object for you.


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I know it's a bit late for the UK eclipse, but for future reference: Welders goggles do not cut out the same frequency of light that Mylar/Black Polymer eclipse glases do. Arc welding glass #14 is much darker than brazing welders glass but there is no guarantee that they will block the Sun's ultra-violet and infrared rays. The problem is there are no ...



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