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: Monday, September 18, 2017
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|Sept 20||New Moon at 1:30 am EDT in western Virgo.|
|Sept 22||Equinox at 4:02 pm, Autumn begins for the Northern Hemisphere.|
|Sept 22||The Black Forest Star Party opens at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania. Runs through September 24.|
|Sept 23||Public Star Watch at Batsto. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.|
|Oct 5||Full Moon at 2:40 pm EDT in Cetus. It's the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the September equinox.|
|Oct 6||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.|
|Oct 14||WAS 50th Anniversary Dinner, details to follow, but mark the date on your calendar now!|
|Oct 20||Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.|
Photo Spotlight Image posted 9.10.2017
On Saturday morning, September 9, 2017, club member Joe Stieber captured this grouping of the planets Mercury and Mars with the first-magnitude star Regulus in the constellation Leo (mouseover for labels). Just a few weeks ago, the sun was next to Regulus during the August 21 total solar eclipse. When this image was captured at 5:41 am EDT from Carranza Field in Wharton State Forest, NJ, it was 40 minutes after the beginning of astronomical twilight (5:01 am) and 53 minutes before sunrise (6:34 am). Regulus was at an altitude of 5.3° with Mercury 1.0° to the southwest and Mars 2.5° to the east. During the coming week, Mercury and Mars will continue to play tag with each, then Venus and finally the crescent moon will join the show. Taken with a Canon 6D digital SLR camera and a Canon 200 mm f/2.8L lens (on a fixed tripod), then cropped to about 70% of the original size. Exposed 1 second at f/5.6, ISO 800.
Click here for the previous home page image (member images of the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse).
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.
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