Sky this month – June 2017

List of events in sky this month – June 2017:

3 – Venus at its greatest west elongation.

5 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at its brightest.

9 – Full Moon.

12 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at perihelion.

14 – Comet 71P/Clark at its brightest.

15 – Saturn at opposition, best time to observe this planet.

20 – Maximum activity of Ophiuchid meteor shower with ZHR of around 5.

21 – Summer solstice.

24 – New Moon.

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:

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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.