why do stars appear higher than they actually are

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Actually, no. The atmosphere between you and that star has very thin clouds, or just variances in temperature, that partially and temporarily obscure your view.

The Earth's Su n is our closest star, and it is 93 million miles away.

So the other stars are further away than that. That's a lot of distance for thing to get in the way of your line of sight.

At one time, the planet Jupiter was commonly referred to as 'Jumping Jupiter', because the moons that revolve around it give the appearance of Jupiter's outline to be 'jumping', or 'expanding and contracting'.

All of this information does not interfere with my appreciation of the popular song, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".