|This is an artist's rendering of solar wind coming towards the Earth and its magnetosphere.
|Ready, Set, Lost!
Racing homing pigeons navigate incredible distances with apparent ease. A champion racing pigeon can be released 400 miles from its home loft, in a place it has never been before, and return within 1 day. The last 40 miles of its journey, the bird navigates by sight. But over the other 360 miles, the pigeon determines its way home by "sensing" the Earth's magnetic fields. We are not yet sure exactly how this mechanism works, but it does work -- extremely well.
|Speedpigeon AU 02 LV 682 (I call him Moritz!)