twinkling stars

twinkling stars

[′twink·liŋ ′stärz]
(astronomy)
Rapid fluctuations of the brightness and size of the images of stars caused by turbulence in the earth's atmosphere.
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Clothed in a mantle of dazzling gold or draped in rags of black clouds like a beggar, the might of the Westerly Wind sits enthroned upon the western horizon with the whole North Atlantic as a footstool for his feet and the first twinkling stars making a diadem for his brow.
At this there was bustling at the Sheriff's castle, and men ran hither and thither upon this business and upon that, while the forge fires of Nottingham glowed red far into the night like twinkling stars, for all the smiths of the town were busy making or mending armor for the Sheriff's troop of escort.
Later that night, as Tarzan curled himself for sleep, he lay for a long time looking up at the burning planets and the twinkling stars and at Goro the moon, and he smiled.
The night was very still: when Adam opened the door to look out at twelve o'clock, the only motion seemed to be in the glowing, twinkling stars; every blade of grass was asleep.
So does a whole world, with all its greatnesses and littlenesses, lie in a twinkling star. And as mere human knowledge can split a ray of light and analyse the manner of its composition, so, sublimer intelligences may read in the feeble shining of this earth of ours, every thought and act, every vice and virtue, of every responsible creature on it.
He saw overhead a black and tempestuous sky, across which the wind was driving clouds that occasionally suffered a twinkling star to appear; before him was the vast expanse of waters, sombre and terrible, whose waves foamed and roared as if before the approach of a storm.
"Do you see the twinkling star, that is, may be, the length of four rifles above the prairie; hereaway, to the North I mean?"
They perform lively chorals titled "The twinkling stars", "Spotless" and "Trust in You", a rap song with a Jamaican vibe to it, as well as "Karumbeta", a Kikuyu praise song, and "Rafiki wa Ajabu", a Swahili Christian song.
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In the image, the spiral galaxy NGC 2903  appears like a glowing pinwheel with twinkling stars, glowing bursts of gas and dark wisps of cosmic dust. 
While waiting for my moment to freeze the night, I looked around me and saw the empty beach and twinkling stars, I took a deep breath and smiled.