Doodle Science - July 2018

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

Painted Lady Butterfly,Vanessa cardui These migratory butterflies fly in from North Africa, I have seen one but with luck there will be more, so keep an eye out for these and hummingbird hawk moths too. Have a look at Migrant Watch

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for July

1st, 1858 Darwin and Wallace's paper on Natural selection is read to the Linnean society. (Good)
3rd, 1844 the last pair of Great Auks is killed (Bad)
and in 1886 Benz unveils the first purpose build car. (Probably Good)
5th, 1687 Newton published the Principia (Good)
10th, 1962 Telstar is launched, the first communications satellite (Good)
and in 1997 Scientists announce that DNA evidence supports the out of Africa theory of human evolution placing "African Eve" at between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago. (We are all closely related, probably Good)
19th, 1912 a meteorite explodes over Holbrook Arizona and showers 16,000 bits on the town. (Bad, but interesting)
21st, 1969 Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the Moon. (Good)
25th, 1978 the first test tube baby is born. (Good)

In the Sky this month

All month Venus is coming up after Sunset
July 12 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation.
July 13 - New Moon.
July 13 - Partial Solar Eclipse. In extreme southern Australia and Antarctica. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
July 27 - Full Moon.
July 27 - Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, Africa, western and central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Western Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
July 27 - Mars at Opposition.
July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Interesting links

The National Science Museum Japan
Great Free resource from the British Geological Survey
Nice Robot
Champion Trees of the UK