Author: Abubaker Siddiq Shekhani

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Harry Potter characters after famous star names

The best-selling book series, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling took the world by a storm. Those who may be fans of astronomy and also of the series may have realized that some of the characters are named after our astronomical objects. These include the names of the stars, constellations and galaxies, which were named by the Greek and Arab philosophers and scientists. I list those...

Mirikot Fort, Sindh, with rare sight of Milky Way Sagittarius arm and Perseus arm 1

Milkyway galaxy from Ranikot fort – Pakistan

Ranikot Fort is located in Sindh about 250Kms from Karachi. I went once for a day trip and loved the place. I found that was no light pollution in that area so it should be perfect for #Astronomy and #Astrophotography. I like to travel and love to stay up at night observing galaxies and nebulas. In Oct 2015, I led a group of 50+...

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First university level Astronomy club of Pakistan

Since my childhood I am close to nature and that made me a good observer and allowed me to ponder over the existence and the reason of why something is like it is. At age of 12 years, I started to take care of my garden myself. In class 4, I created a volcanic mountain model and types of mountains (shows my interest in...

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An adventurous and memorable trip to Sehr Bagla, Murree

It was Mid-December 2012 when one of my friends invited me for a trip to Murree and Kashmir. He knew that I love adventure and traveling especially the nature, the mountains, the trees and the snow. I got excited but had a few commitments. The commitments were managed and I made up my mind to join them as I had taken vacations from office....

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Passion is energy – TEDx talk at Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan

Being a Software Engineer, a computer programmer and at the same time being Artist, I was invited by Institute of Space Technology to speak about how to be creative, how to be inventive and how to make your hobby into a profitable business. Major inspirations include Bonsai art, a few of my inventions during university, Mytabeeb, a healthcare app, where I learned to develop an...

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Apple iPhone battery shutdown – How I solved it

Apple’s iPhone battery issue is being circulated on social media, forums and tech blogs but there is no proper solution proposed by anyone even Apple hasn’t fully taken responsibility. The issue started when iOS 10.1 was launched. iPhone 5s, 6 and 6s were the most affected phones including new ones as well as two years old sets. Apple even launched Battery replacement program for...

How to fix adjust screen brightness issue in Windows 8/8.1 0

How to fix adjust screen brightness issue in Windows 8/8.1

If you are installing Windows 8 in older systems that came before the release of Windows, you will face this issue. Problem: When you install Windows 8.1 and try to increase or decrease brightness, nothing happens. Cause: The display driver is not installed. The default “Microsoft Display Driver” is installed by default. Solution: You need to find the driver for your motherboard/processor. I found...

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The December 2016 Geminids peaks with Moon peak

Karachi, Pakistan: Meteor showers are a great show and Geminids is one of the best meteor showers of the Year. I remember the first meteor shower observation of my life. It was back in 2010 when I recently co-founded Karachi Astronomers Society and we went to a mere 150 Kms from Karachi to Kalri Lake. It was first quarter Moon and it was too...

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Practical Astronomy workshops at T2F

This year has been great for Astronomy in Karachi and overall in Pakistan. The Karachi Astronomers Society conducted a series of Astronomy workshops at The Second Floor (T2F) during the month of August. I conducted one workshop named “Exploring the Universe”. The workshop had content mainly focused towards the Practical side of Amateur Astronomy like learning constellations, finding an object in the Sky, the...

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Sep 2016 in Pakistan

Lunar eclipse in Karachi, Pakistan in Sep 2016: Lunar eclipse happens twice a year but not necessarily at a same location on Earth. This year on 16th September it will be Full Moon and there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. If you want to know the timings, refer to the section 2 of this article.   If you do not know what is...

ERP Specialist – Not just a designation 0

ERP Specialist – Not just a designation

The day I got to know about ERP, specifically, Microsoft Dynamics AX I was happy to find out that Microsoft has its own ERP (previously Axapta acquired by Microsoft in July 2002). I had been working at TRG Tech at that point in time and received a call from Mazik Global. This company is one of the largest AX product development company (Microsoft Gold...

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