Doodle Science - May 2016

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

Angrecium_sesquipedale

An orchid for spring.   Angraecium sesquipedale or Darwins orchid, The nectar spur on the back of the flower can be a foot and a half long, hence the name, when Charles investigated it he said there must be a pollinator, probably a moth, as it is while and has a scent a night that must have a very long tongue, people laughed and then 40 years later the moth was found.







Great Dates in Sci and Tech for May


1st 1753 ~ Lineaus first publishes his Species Plantarum and so gets systematic naming of the natural world going.

2nd 1933 ~ First sighting of the Loch Ness monster. Did they or didn't they? One thing is for certain, nobody has caught it.

5th 1925 ~ John Scopes is arrested in Tennessee for teaching evolution and in 1804 the High Possil Meteorite is the first recorded meteorite fall in Scotland.

7th 1795~ France adopts the metre as the basic unit of length measurement.

11th 1905 ~Einstein unveils special relativity.

17th 1902 ~ Spiridion Stais finds the Antikethyra mechanism.

24th 1849 ~ Morse transmits the first telegraph message from Baltimore to Washington.

29th 1919 ~ Arthur Eddington takes measurements of stars during an eclipse to test Einsteins theory of relativity.







Things in the sky this month.




Pretty quiet month but highlights include

All month Venus is coming up before dawn

6/7 Eta Aquarid meteor shower

10th Full Moon

17th  Mercury at greatest Western elongation, highest point in the morning sky

25th New Moon

Interesting links

Rainforests

Amazing Sky images

Sprotts physics demos

Museo Galileo Florence