Derby and District Astronomical Society

Auroral Display - Friday 10th May 2024


On the evening of Friday 10th May 2024, a spectacular auroral display lit up the skies over the UK. Many DDAS members were quick to observe and photograph this marvel. This included a group of members who were the last to leave the DDAS 50th Anniversary Party at the Littleover Social Club in Derby that evening, who witnessed the spectacle from the club car park! What a fantastic coincidence that it occurred on that evening! For some, like Mike Lancaster, it was their first sighting of an aurora, while others could compare with previous displays. Here is a selection of DDAS members photos of this spectacle.

Chris Callaway in Coalville. All of Chris's images were taken with a Canon 5D SLR with a 17-40 mm lens set at 17 mm. The exposures were 10 seconds at f5.0 with the ISO set at 1000.

Neil Garside in Mickleover.

Gary Lambert in Allestree.

Mike Lancaster outside the Littleover Social Club. All Mike's pictures were taken using a Google Pixel 8 Pro phone in night mode.

Paul Railton in the Peak District.

Libby Ray in Wirksworth.

Jim Sarsgard in Littleover.

Dave Selfe outside the Littleover Social Club.

Anthony Southwell outside the Littleover Social Club.

Tony Wright in Mickleover.