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