Star Neighbor’s Unusual Day

Neomi Lewis ‘21 Analysis of observations taken by the Atacama Large Millemeter/sub millimeter Array, a radio telescope, shows that last March, Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, experienced significant stellar flares. This alarming behavior casts further doubt into the habitability of the Solar System’s nearest exoplanetary neighbor, Proxima b, which orbits Proxima Centauri. Stellar flares occur when electrons accelerate at very high speeds, … Continue reading Star Neighbor’s Unusual Day

Effects of Clock-Shifting Wild Seabirds

By Fatin Chowdhury ‘19 Humans have been curious about animal navigation for millennia, but the strategies and adaptations used by non-human organisms to travel are still unknown. Oliver Padget, a doctoral student at Oxford University in England, recently published findings that examined the impact of solar orientation on pelagic seabird navigation patterns. The study suggested that by using the sun as a compass, animals can … Continue reading Effects of Clock-Shifting Wild Seabirds