Doodle Science - March 2018

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

Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly trap, Dionea muscipula or to give it an old name a tipitywhichit. Some of mine are just coming in to growth, so spring must be on the way. Darwin called it the most wonderful plant in the world and he may well be right.

Great Dates in Sci and Tech for March

1st 1966 ~ Venera 3 space probe landed but did not send back the first pictures of the surface of the planet Venus
4th 1493 ~ Columbus get back to Europe having discovered the New World
4th 1887 ~ Daimler unveils his first 4 wheel internal combustion car
7th 1799 ~ The Royal Institution was founded by the very interesting Count Rumford, a man with a strange history
8th 1934 ~ Edwin Hubble produces a photo with showing there are more galaxies than stars in the Milky Way.
13th 1781 ~ Herschel discovers a planet in his back garden. He used a telescope and it was Uranus.
18th 1965 ~ Leonov becomes the first person to space walk.
22nd 1895 ~ First screening of moving pictures by the Lumiere Brothers.
30th 1842 ~ Dr Longs first use of anaethesia in an operation
30th 1858 ~ First pencil with a rubber attached.

Things in the sky this month.

March 2 - Full Moon.
March 15 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
March 17 - New Moon.
March 20 - March Equinox.
March 31 - Full Moon, Blue Moon. This year is particularly unique in that January and March both contain two full moons while February has no full moon.

Interesting links
Wonderful video of a flight through the Orion Nebular
Inside the Webb telescope
Interactive Dinosaur Fossil