Doodle Science - December 2016



Circulated to schools, organisations and individuals - covering primary science and related bits and bobs.



xmas tesla

The connected picture is something for the season of Good Will, a Christmas decoration on a Tesla Coil, Beautiful discharges , I do not recommend trying this with normal decorations it may cause a problem, or fire or two.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for December


2nd, 1942 ~The Manhattan Project, the first working nuclear pile or reactor, Chicago

3rd, 1967~ First successful Heart Transplant carried out by Barnard

5th, 1893 ~ First electric car

10th, 1684 ~ Newtons paper on Gravity is read to the Royal Society By Halley

11th, 1844 ~ First use of Laughing gas as a dental Anaesthetic

12th, 1901 ~ Marconi receives the first radio transmission across the Atlantic

14th, 1903 ~ The Wright Brothers make their first attempt to get the Wright Flyer off the ground

17th, 1903 ~ The Wright Brothers get it to work.

21st, 1968 ~ Apollo 8 goes to the Moon. the first people to go round, they did not land but they got a great view.

22nd, 1882 ~ Edward H Johnson uses the first electric Christmas tree lights in his home.

23rd, 1954 ~ First human kidney transplant by Murray in Boston.

24th, 1906 ~ First transmission of voice and music by radio, Reginald Fessenden.

27th, 1831 ~ Darwin sets sail on the Beagle

28th, 1612 ~ Galileo probably saw Neptune but thought it was a fixed star.



Things in the sky this month.


In the sky this month


11th Mercury at its greatest Eastern elongation, look out for it in the sunset

13th, 14th Geminids meteor shower

14th, full Moon, at a close approach so it may look bigger and brighter than normal.

21st Winter Solstice, after this the days start getting longer again.

21st, 22nd Ursid meteor shower

29th New Moon, good time to look at faint objects.

some links


New York natural history museum

A webcam of Cromer, strangely calming

NASA, always worth a look