Sky this month – January 2017

List of events in sky this month – January 2017:

1 – Close approach of Mars and Neptune, they pass within 1 arc-minute of each other.

2 – Close approach of the Moon and Venus, they pass within 2 degrees of each other.

3 – Close approach of the Moon and Mars, they pass within 13 arc-minute of each other.

3 – The Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 14 UT, with ZHR varying between 50 and 200.,

4 – Earth at perihelion, this is the point when Earth reaches its closest point to the Sun.

7 – Pluto at solar conjunction. Not observable as the planet is located behind the Sun.

11 – Mercury reaches its greatest brightness in the dawn sky.

12 – Full Moon.

19 – Mercury at greatest elongation west and is well placed in the dawn sky.

26 – New Moon.

Makkon 2016

Makkon is an annual event (5th this year) that is organised by a society that works in the field of Japanese pop culture. As it is customary on such events we saw a lot of different cosplays from anime and manga, shops that sell various memorabilia, board games, toys, Japanese sweets, tea, etc. There were also multiple side activities such as lectures, origami and leather-work workshop, cosplay contests and Maide cafe.

Few images from the event:

Planet of LEGO bricks

Loosely translated title of the event that was held in one of the largest convention centres in Slovenia. It was organised by a Slovenian Lego bricks fan club who also made all of the creations presented at the event.

During the event they also organised different competitions like building towers out of 2-by-4 block and Mindstorms competitions.

Image gallery of the best looking creation:

Sky this month – December 2016

Events this month – December 2016:

5 – Conjunction between the Moon and Mars at 09:20 UT, separation of ~3 degrees.

6 – Conjunction between the Moon and Neptune at 21:40 UT, separation of less than half a degree.

9 – Conjunction between the Moon and Uranus at 21:07 UT, separation of ~3 degrees.

10 – Saturn at solar conjunction. This event is not observable as the Saturn in located directly behind the Sun.

11 – Mercury reaches 21 degrees eastern elongation at 04:00 UT. Favorable positions for the observation of this planet.

12 – Full Moon (aka Super Moon, because of its apparent size)

13/14 – The Geminid meteors peak. ZHR of ~120.

21 – December solstice. The shortest day in this year for the northern hemisphere.

22 – Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter at 18:14 UT, separation of ~2 degrees.

29 – New Moon.

Recent stellar events:

PNV J18205200-2822100 – quite bright nova in Sagittarius further info about the object.

TCP J18102829-2729590 – quite bright nova in Sagittarius further info about the object.

VIECC 2016

The event was even bigger than the last year. It spanned two large main convention halls and a dedicated conference room where all of the panels were held. In the first room you could find many different shops with memorabilia, weapons, comics and other sci-fi related items. There were also some celebrities that did the signing and photo sessions with their fans, but that is usually way to expensive unless you are huge fan of theirs. The second room featured artist alley where you could meet your favorite artist and buy cheap prints of high quality and awesome art.

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Austrian LEGO society also presented their creations made purely out of LEGO blocks.

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501st Legion Austrian Garrison also had their own stand where they showed their creations in connection with Star Wars franchise and did some performances like light saber fights, belly dancers etc.

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Some of the cosplays seen at the event:

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In parallel to this event, the next hall featured an event called SpieleSpass. The idea of this event was for the people to come there and try as many different board games as they liked. The hall was packed with tables were people, mostly families with kids, played all sorts of board games.

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Image gallery: