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 emailing the
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 email the or
of our society.
DDAS member Chris Callaway captured this image of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula in Cepheus in September this year. More details...
Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 6th November 2020 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. Martin Braddock from the Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society, will be giving a presentation on The Best of Both Worlds - Space Drug Discovery and Development. Please email the
of the society for further details.
Our NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be held on Saturday 14th November 2020 from 7:30 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. As such we are currently limited to a maximum of 6 people at the session, although this may be subject to change according to the latest regulations. If you would like to attend please email DDAS Secretary
. Measures will also include 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, and the cleaning of equipment before the next person uses it.
ARIES IS BACK!... After a long hiatus a brand new edition of the DDAS journal Aries is available here. Thanks to our Aries editor Anthony Southwell, to our new committee member Gill Pryor, and to all our contributors for making this autumn 2020 edition possible.
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.