Doodle Science - June 2018

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

Hartland Quay
Fantastic chevron folds in rocks, I was lucky enough to visit Devon recently and I wnr to Hartland Quay where there are some amazing rock structures. Folds made when the mountains that once sat on Devon were made as tectonic plates collided. I got to see Peregrine falcons too.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for June

1st 1846 Le Verrier predicts the existence and location of Neptune from looking a irregularities of the orbit of Uranus.
3rd 1769 On Tahiti James Cook observes the transit of Venus. This was one of the "Big Science " events of its time and was able to provide information that allowed the calculation of the size of the solar system.
5th 1683 The First university museum opens as the Ashmolean opens its doors.
15th 763 BC Solar eclipse in Mesopotamia is recorded and provides and anchor for chronology and calendars
18th 1858 Darwin gets a letter from Wallace detailing natural selection, he finally gets on with publishing "On the Origin of Species"
21st This year. Mid summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night in the northern hemisphere.
23rd 2006 A tortoise possibly collected by Darwin dies. Harriet was about 175 years old.
26th 1948 Shockley filed the patent for the transistor, almost all electronics we use today dates back to this.
30th 1905 Einstein published the first work on Special Relativity.

Things in the sky this month.

Venus is good in the Sunset at the moment, the predawn sky has Jupiter, Saturn and Mars but highlights include
June 6th - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation All month Venus is coming up after Sunset
June 16th New Moon
June 15 - Saturn at Opposition
June 21 - June Solstice
June 24 - Mercury at greatest Western elongation, see it before dawn.

Interesting links

Birds of the UK, RSPB
50 of the best Robots ever, according to Wired
Thermodynamics of Cooking
Encyclopedia of Life