In around late June, I saw two star-like bodies in the sky. At first they appeared to be twinkling, but when I looked closely they appeared to change color; blue, green, a slight red, then yellow.

It freaked me out.

But I'm wondering, did I see dying stars or was it some sort of rare phenomenon occurring because of the earth's atmosphere or was it something else?

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    $\begingroup$ Unlikely to have seen a 'dying star' (supernova) - that would have made the news! This question does not provide nearly enough information to get an answer - to be answered, we need an exact date and time, exact location etc. $\endgroup$
    – user15217
    Dec 27, 2016 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ Most probably it wasn't an astronomical thing, 1) they don't change so fast. 2) they never move so fast, 3) they aren't so colorful (for the human eye). I think the most probable reason could be some airplane or similar in-air moving and lighted object, but it is impossible to say any sure from so far away (both in time and space). $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Doc , it has been too long remember much..but it was around June end,2016. At night around 11pm. Seen from Kolkata, India. $\endgroup$ Dec 27, 2016 at 7:26
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this does not appear to be an astronomical observation $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Jan 2, 2017 at 6:51
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is unlikey to be astronomical in nature. $\endgroup$
    – ProfRob
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:36

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Checked on Sky Map on my phone for late June, 2016 in Kolkata - and Saturn and Antares were close to each other around then in the Eastern sky, so these may be the two objects you saw. The colour change sounds like atmospheric effects affecting the seeing that night. I don't know if June in Kolkata is particularly worse than usual for atmospheric conditions, but even on a seemingly clear night there can be a layer of turbulent air above you that will diffract the light from the sources and produce unsteady images. This is usually worse closer to the horizon as well (as these two objects were). Planets don't usually twinkle, so if Saturn was one of the objects, then it must have been a strong effect. Nothing to freak out about, and keep looking up! :)


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