Doodle Science - October 2016

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

Southern Sky
One of the best pictures I've ever taken, the Galaxy from very near the equator. I took it with a pretty cheap camera, it goes to show it is not how much ot cots, but how you use it.
Great Dates in Sci and Tech for October

1st of October 1969 ~ Concorde first broke the sound barrier
and 1982 Sony first sell CD players
2nd of October 1925~ John Logie Baird starts testing a working TV
4th of October 1957 ~ Sputnik is launched starting the space race
4th of October 2004 ~ Space Ship 1 wins the Ansari X prize as the first private spacecraft.
6th of October 1995 ~ 51 Pegasi is discovered, the first planet found that does not orbit the Sun
7th of October 1954 ~ IBM build the first transistor computer, not valve.
and 1959 Luna 3 takes the first pictures of the far side of the Moon.
9th of October 1992 ~ About 13 Kg of the Peekskill meteorite destroys a 1980 Chevrolet in New York State.
10th of October 1979 ~ Pac-Man is introduced to the world, released the next year and it took people a while to notice.
14th of October 1985 ~ C++ reference guide for the computer language and hard core Nerds released.
18th of October 1985 ~ Nintendo platform, the most influential so far is released.
25th of October 1955 ~ Domestic Microwave oven introduced. Ping.
29th of October ~ Leibniz invents the integral sign, but can't find one on my key board.
30th of October 1961 ~ Soviets detonate 100 Megaton Tsar Bombe, glad they only did that once.
31st of October 1951 ~ First Zebra crossings, before then they had to just charge across.

Things in the sky this month.

1st New Moon
7th Draconid meteor show, can be a good one if a small one.
15th Uranus at Opposition.
16th full Moon and a super Moon, very close at that.
20th/21st Orionid Meteor shower, keep an eye out about then as they can pop up on evenings either side and all over the sky
30th New Moon Good thing to do
Collect fallen leaves, the colours are worth looking at.
some links

WebCam in Shetland
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnolgia, in Milan web site in English
Champion Trees
Science and Cocktails