The Derby and District Astronomical Society will endeavour to maintain a full programme of meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, all our scheduled meetings (apart from observing sessions) will take place via the Zoom video-conferencing medium. Our scheduled observing sessions have been suspended until current lockdown measures have eased, which may mean we can resume these with precautions in place in April this year. If you would like further information about the society, or on how you can join in our meetings via Zoom, then please email the
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DDAS member Chris Callaway captured this image of the Flame and Horsehead Nebulae in February 2021. More detail...
Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 9th April 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. We welcome Dr Peter Edwards from the Department of Physics at the University of Durham, to give us a presentation on Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Please email the or of the society for further details.
OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 17th April 2021 from 8:30 pm onwards at the Society's Flamsteed Observatory. A variety of telescopes will be available, including the Society's 10" Newtonian under the dome, as well as any that may be brought along by members. Please note that we are implementing COVID-19 protection measures requiring all participants to leave their contact details in line with Government track and tracing policy, the wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing, restricting the number of people inside the observatory itself, and the cleaning of equipment before the next person uses it. Families attending the session must also stay within their own social bubble. If you would like to attend please email DDAS Secretary
Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 23rd April 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. DDAS member Mike Dumelow will be showing you how to get the most out of your telescope. Please email the or of the society for further details.
You can now view VIDEOS OF PAST MEETINGS that we have held on Zoom. These are available from November 2020 onwards, Links may be found on our 2020 and 2021 meeting programme pages. Alternatively visit our Facebook page.