Why do stars twinkle but planets don’t?

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    Planets do ‘twinkle’ when they are visible to us.  Planets are not always in our ‘eyeshot’ from earth, however when they are they can be the brightest twinkle in the sky. Here is an image of Mars taken this year.  Throughout 2010 Mars will be visible in Western nations (like the USA and Canada).

    According the website cited below, on August 17th Venus, along with a Crescent Moon, will be visible during the day time.

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