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. 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. If you would like further information about the society, or on how you can join in our meetings via Zoom, then please email the of our society.


Our NEXT MAIN MEETING will be held on Friday, 5th March 2021 from 7:30 pm onwards on Zoom. We welcome Dr Chris North from the University of Cardiff,to give us a presentation on Gravitational Waves. Please email the or of the society for further details.

Our next INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY evening will be held on Friday 19th March 2021 from 7:15 pm onwards on Zoom. The topic and presenter is to be announced. Please email the or of the society for further details.

The Flamsteed Observatory Our SCHEDULED OBSERVING SESSIONS have been suspended until current lockdown measures have eased.

DDAS Logo 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.

DDAS Logo THE WINTER 2020 EDITION OF ARIES IS AVAILABLE... here. Thanks to our Aries editing team of Anthony Southwell and Gill Pryor, and to all our contributors for making this edition possible.

Twitter Logo WE ARE NOW ON TWITTER!...   Follow us here...

LATEST IMAGES!  M33 and the Elephant's Trunk Nebula taken by Chris Callaway in September through December 2020. Mars taken by Pete Hill in September and October 2020. 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.

DDAS member Chris Callaway captured this image of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula in September and November 2020.  More detail...  


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

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