Nagano village revived as stargazing mecca

May 21, 2017

Nagano village revived as stargazing mecca

Alarmed by a steep decline in customers at its hot springs, tourism officials in the village of Achi, Nagano Prefecture, asked themselves what else they could offer and looked to the starry skies it had long taken for granted. Launched in 2012, a stargazing tour ...

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

| Mar 13, 2015

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

Two sisters from Mukaiyama Elementary School in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, have discovered a supernova, becoming rising stars in Japan's astronomical society. In December, 12-year-old Koto Tomita and her 9-year-old sister, Rino, spotted the stellar explosion together. "We do not keep a record of the discoverer's age, ...