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What are the major observational differences between stars and planets?

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When the night sky is clear, one can observe plenty of tiny dots, and some of them are stars while others are planets.

These are major observational distinguishing features of planets and stars:

Twinkling

Stars are constantly twinkling and shimmering while planets do not. Observed through a telescope, stars appear to shake around the edges.

Brightness

Planets are typically brighter than stars. The reason for differing brightness is because planets reflect the light of the sun, which is close to our planet, while the stars emit their own light.

Shape

Stars appear as a dot while planets appear spherical. Generally, stars are also bigger than planets.

Movement

A planet moves across the night sky while observing the rules followed by the sun and the moon. Therefore, a celestial body appearing to move in a straight line is more likely going to be a planet. Stars move in a circular pattern.

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