West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (additionally known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 54th 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).

 

President:

Vice President:

Secretary:

Treasurer:

Al Meloni

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan

     

Announcements   Last Update: Monday, June 21, 2021

Jun 20 Solstice at 11:32 pm EDT, the Summer Solstice for the northern hemisphere. In our area, it means only about 5 hours of complete darkness between the end of evening and the beginning of morning astronomical twilight (nominally 10:30 pm to 3:30 am EDT respectively).
Jun 24 Full Moon at 2:40 pm EDT in Sagittarius (near the sun's location at the Winter Solstice).
July 2 Formal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group). Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue.
July 9 New Moon at 9:17 pm EDT in Gemini.
July 16 Informal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
Note: The status of 2021 Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion is still indeterminate due to COVID-19 restrictions in the New Jersey State Forests.

Photo Spotlight   Images posted 6.10.2021

The Solar Eclipse, June 10, 2021. Be sure to scroll down, we have images from four members posted below!

Here's club member Russell King's image of the "Devil's Horns," the cusps of the partially-eclipsed sun peeking above the Atlantic Ocean horizon at 5:28 am EDT on June 10, 2021, as viewed from Ocean Grove, NJ. Russell used a Canon EOS XSi digital SLR camera and a Canon 70 to 300 mm lens set to 300 mm focal length. Click for more eclipse images.

 

Here's club member Steve Mattan's image of the partially-eclipsed sun on June 10, 2021, emerging from some low clouds about 5:46 am EDT when it was appx. 2.3 altitude. Taken from Laurel Run Park in Delran, NJ. Steve used a Canon EOS R6 mirrorless digital camera and a Sigma 150 to 600 mm zoom lens. Click the image for a larger version. Click for more eclipse images.

 

Here's club President Al Meloni's image of the partially-eclipsed sun on June 10, 2021, emerging from some low clouds about 5:47 am EDT when it was appx. 2.3 altitude. Al used a Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera and a manual 180 to 400 mm telephoto lens. Taken from Laurel Run Park in Delran, NJ. Click for more eclipse images.

 

Here's club member Joe Stieber's image of the partially-eclipsed sun on June 10, 2021, emerging from some low clouds at 5:51:37 am EDT when it reached 3.0 altitude. Joe used a Canon EOS RP digital SLR camera and a Tamron 150 to 600 mm zoom lens set to 600 mm focal length. Taken from Laurel Run Park in Delran, NJ. Click for more eclipse images.

 

 

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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.

Astrospheric Forecast, Atsion

USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc
(this link may be inoperative as the USNO website is undergoing modernization; estimated completion is now Fall 2020)

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

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