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:

SuperMoon

This days (around November 14th 2016) we were able to observe a full Moon that had the largest apparent size in the sky in the last 68 years. It happened on the same day as apogee, the point in the Moon’s orbit when it is closest to the Earth and this is the reason for its apparent size.
SuperMoon November 14th 2016.
SuperMoon November 14 2016.

Light pillar

I was able to observe this phenomena yesterday at Sunset. Here is a photography and a brief description of an event:

An atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical band of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. The light can come from the Sun (usually when it is near or even below the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. (source: Wikipedia)

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Nova ASASSN-16ma in Sagittarius

I was able to observe this nova (also designated as PNV J18205200-2822100) that discovered on October 25th in Sagittarius only a degree away from another nova, designated TCP J18102829-2729590, that was discovered on October 20th.

Both objects are very low in the sky from our latitudes and quite hard to observe. Observations has to be done even before the beginning of the astronomical night to catch the object above the horizon.

A picture of the nova position in the sky.