Derby and District Astronomical Society

The Derby and District Astronomical Society will endeavour to maintain a full programme of meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. All our scheduled meetings until Christmas 2020 (apart from observing sessions) will now take place via the Zoom video-conferencing medium. Our scheduled observing sessions will involve appropriate safety measures and a requirement to provide contact details in line with government track and tracing policy. Visits to the society's observatory for members and small groups can be also be arranged by contacting the chair or secretary of the society, and will involve the same safety measures as our scheduled observing sessions. If you would like further information about the society, on how you can join in our meetings via Zoom, or to attend observing sessions, then please contact the chair or secretary of our society via this link.

DDAS member Tony Barker captured this image of Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise on the 11th July this year. More images...  

Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 2nd October 2020 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. Dr Susan Cartwright from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, will be giving a presentation on Supernova Neutrinos. Please contact the chair or secretary of the society for further details

LATEST IMAGES!  Comet C2020 F3 Neowise taken on the 22nd July 2020 by Chris Callaway, on the 20th July 2020 by Peter Branson, on the 19th July 2020 by Anthony Southwell and on the 11th July 2020 by Tony Barker. The Moon, Mercury and Venus taken on the 24th May 2020 by Chris Callaway. The moon taken on the 5th May 2020 by Chris Callaway and M106 taken in spring 2020 also by Chris Callaway. M51 taken on the 25th April 2020 by Dave Selfe. Galaxies M81 and M82 taken on the 16th April 2020 by Dave Selfe. The International Space Station taken on the 22nd March 2020 by Pete Hill. Venus and Mercury taken on the 6th February 2020 by Pete Hill. The Heart Nebula and the Moon imaged by Chris Callaway in February 2020. The penumbral lunar eclipse of the 10th January 2020 by Pete Hill and Simon Behnke. The conjunction of Venus and Saturn on the 11th December 2019 and the ISS on the 1st December 2019 by Pete Hill. The conjunction between Venus, the Moon and Jupiter on the 28th November 2019 by Claire Spencer. The North America Nebula and M31 taken by Chris Callaway in autumn 2019. The Veil Nebula taken by Chris Callaway in August/September 2019.

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH METEORS?...   The following article by DDAS member Tony Barker will show you how.

STARLINK SATELLITES SEEN OVER DERBYSHIRE...   Last December Derbyshire residents were startled by the appearance of Space X's constellation of Starlink satellites in the night sky. DDAS Public Relations Officer Anthony Southwell was interviewed by BBC East Midlands Today about this and you can read the article here.

ELVASTON CASTLE EVENING...   The DDAS held an exhibition and stargazing evening at Elvaston Castle on Saturday 7th December 2019. Pictures from the event can be seen here...

SPACE CENTRE VISIT...   On the 20th July last year a group of around 20 DDAS members visited the National Space Centre in Leicester in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Pictures from the visit can be found here.

DDAS Library DDAS LIBRARY   Members may borrow books for free from our growing library. Loans last for one month or more, depending on whether other members may wish to borrow a loaned item. The library is available at our main monthly meetings for browsing, borrowing and returns. A number of these volumes were kindly donated by the estate of the late Keith Plamping, DDAS member. The library contains nearly 70 volumes and the books cover a wide range of astronomy related subjects. The current list of books can be seen here. For brief summaries of a small selection of these books click here. For more information please ask for Libby Ray at one of our meetings.


The DDAS is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies

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