MakerFaire Ljubljana 2017

Last week I have attended and helped at the first local Maker Faire event in Ljubljana. This is an event that tries to bring together people or organizations that create things (everything from software and electronics to art and woodwork) in order to promote science, curiosity and knowledge transfer.

In the stands we could meet with the makers from Slovenia and all other neighboring country. Among other things it was apparent that there is a strong motion towards using 3d printers and Arduino platforms as most of the stands showcased a product or idea based on one of them.

The biggest advantage of an event like this for me was a practical aspect of it. There were numerous hands-on activities where you cold try the state-of-the-art equipment, play with different experiments or create your own simple electrical circuit.

Official website of the event: http://ljubljana.makerfaire.com/

Image gallery:

Sky this month – May 2017

List of events in sky this month – May 2017:

1 – Comet C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) at its brightest.

4 – The Moon occults Regulus at 10:14UT, event visible from Australia.

6 – The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower peak at ~2UT with the ZHR up to 50 meteors in dark location.

8 – Jupiter pases less than 3 degrees from Moon.

10 – Full Moon.

14 – Pluto pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

18 – Mercury at Greatest eastern Elongation. It reaches elongation 26 degree west of the Sun in the dawn sky. The best time to observe Mercury as it located as far as possible from the Sun.

20 – Neptune pases less than half a degree from Moon.

25 – New Moon.

Jupiter and its moons – shadow transit season begins this month.

BioExo 2017

Bioexo in an annual exhibition of exotic animals that are owned by people all across Slovenia. In addition to the exhibition they also prepare different workshops and lectures about exotic animals and how to care for them. As the event was organized in the premises of Biotechnological education center, the visitors were also able to observe their exotic animals and plants. Plant collection consists mainly of small carnivorous plants that are very popular as decoration in the last years.

Official homepage of the event: http://bioexo.si/

Bellow is a gallery of some of the animals that could be observed at the exhibition this year:

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini
Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

A quick shot of a Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini that was passing through the constellation of Ursa Major in March 2017.

Image taken on 25th of March 2017 with my Nikon D500 at ISO 5000 and exposures of 40 seconds using SkyWatcher 250/1200 instead of some camera lens.

Some of other images taken at the same astronomical event – annual Messier Marathon observing competition:

M13 in Hercules
M51 in Ursa Major