Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (formerly known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 50th year of serving both the public and the amateur astronomers of the Delaware Valley. We have a long history of public education, star parties, interesting meetings, in-depth training and experienced leadership. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Click here for membership information (dues can now be paid through PayPal).
Announcements Last Update: Saturday, July 22, 2017
|July 22||WAS Picnic, for paid members, their family and guests only, at Camp Ockanickon in Medford, NJ. Starts at 2 pm, but you can arrive earlier. As night falls, Tatem Observatory will be open. If you're a paid member and have not received an e-mailed invitation, send an e-mail to Wade Evans with your full name and a contact phone number.|
|July 23||New Moon at 5:46 am EDT in Cancer.|
|July 29||Public Star Watch at Batsto. Check back on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.|
|Aug 4||Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. As always, guests are welcome and no astronomical experience is necessary. Use the Main Entrance and check with the security guard who will direct you to the conference room.|
|Aug 7||Full Moon at 2:11 pm EDT in Capricornus. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs, but it's not visible in our area.|
|Aug 18||Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. Since we have a Star Watch at the Rancocas Nature Center, and many members will be out of town for the solar eclipse, if the weather permits, we'll just convene at Rancocas. Otherwise, we'll be at Virtua. Check back for the weather call.|
|Aug 21||New Moon at 2:30 pm EDT in Leo. There will be a total solar eclipse on a narrow path crossing the USA, but in the Philadelphia area, it will only be a partial eclipse with a maximum obscuration of 75% at 2:44 pm EDT.|
Photo Spotlight Image posted 7.18.2017
Dan McCauley captured this well-done LRGB image of the NGC 6559 area in Sagittarius (near the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulae) from Atsion in Wharton State Forest, NJ.
Click here for the previous home page image.
Note: Club President, Roger Cowley, has published a new book, Gauging the Solar System: Measuring Astronomical Values for Yourself. Have fun and do more than just snap pictures of the sky! Available at Amazon too.
Click to contact the . Members are encouraged to submit their astronomical images to the webmaster for inclusion on the WAS Home Page. Be sure to include a description, date and time, as well as equipment and photo data.
USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc