Doodle Science - September 2017



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



The Ring Neck Parakeet, picture from wikipedia, These pretty birds have been breedinn in London for some years and there are now about 5000 of them according to the RSPB, but in Bromley it seems a lot more, I have seen them all over London and even in Manchester, but only recently in my home town of Southampton. Any near you? The call is the first thing you notice, a typical parrot squawk.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for September


1st 1859 ~ A solar superstorm affects electrical telegraph service, if it happened today satellite TV and phones could fail.

4th 1956 ~ The IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer that used a magnetic storage disk

7th 1927 ~ Philo Farnsworth makes the first fully electronic TV system

8th 1930 ~ 3M begins marketing transparent tape, the Cellotape age begins

10th 2008 ~ The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is powered up, still no black holes

14th 1752 ~ The British Empire adopts the Gregorian Calendar, going from the 2nd of September to the 14th overnight.

18th 1984 ~ Joe Kittinger ( who also holds the longest time highest parachute jump record, height has gone to Baumgartner) completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic

20th 1633 ~ Galileo is tried before the Inquisition for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun

23rd 1846 ~ Neptune is discovered by Le Verrier and Adams and verified by Galle

27th 1905 ~ Einstein published E= mc²

28th 1928 ~ Fleming notices the bacterial killing mould that becomes known as penicillin

30th 2004 ~ First pictures of a giant squid in its natural habitat are taken in the Pacific

Things in the sky this month.


September 5 - Neptune at Opposition

September 6 - Full Moon

September 12 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation.Look for it low in the sunrise

September 20 - New Moon

September 22 - September Equinox.



some links


Explore your universe, does what it says in the title

If you have not looked make sure to check out NASA's picture of the day

A whole load of primary resources.

and here is some secondary stuff thanks to Becta and the ASE