Bat navigation: After the next sunset, please turn right

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 22:21 in Astronomy & Space

Despite the fact that bats are active after sunset, they rely on the sun as their most trusted source of navigation. Researchers found that the greater mouse-eared bat orients itself with the help of the Earth's magnetic field at night and calibrates this compass to the sun's position at sunset.

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