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 56th 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, including a PayPal link to pay dues (click here to make a separate donation). Members in good standing have access to the gated Barnegat Road Observing Site in the dark New Jersey Pines, while Atsion Field in the Pines is available to those with valid membership cards.



Vice President:



Ken Weber

Al Meloni

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Saturday, March 25, 2023

Mar 25 Public Star Watch at Atsion. Due to a poor weather forecast, tonight's Star Watch is cancelled.
Apr 6 Full Moon at 12:34 am EDT in western Virgo.
Apr 7 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. We are now meeting in-person at Virtua and guests are welcome.
Apr 12 Public Star Watch at Burlington County's Smithville Park in Easthampton Twp, NJ, beginning at 7:30 pm EDT. A no-fee registration is required. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.
Apr 15 NEAF, the Northeast Astronomy Forum, will be held live in Suffern, NY, April 15 & 16.
Apr 20 New Moon at 1:12 am EDT in eastern Pisces, near the border with Aries.
Apr 21 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm.
Apr 22 Public Star Watch at Atsion, beginning at 7:30 pm EDT. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.

Photo Spotlight   Images posted 3.04.2023

Club member Joe Stieber captured the young Crescent Moon and the planet Jupiter on March 22, 2023, from Mount Laurel, NJ. Taken at 8:09 pm EDT with a Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless digital camera and a Tamron 150 to 600 mm zoom lens set to 329 mm focal length. It was exposed 1/8 second at f/5.6, ISO 12,800 and daylight white balance. It was mildly adjusted and cropped vertically to a 16:9 ratio (for a field 6.3 wide x 3.5 high) with Canon's DPP 4 software. At the time, the Moon was about 30 hr old, 2.0% illuminated and 1.4 from Jupiter (center -to-center). Mouseover for labels.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 24 to April 2, 2023. The USNO's The Sky This Week, March 21, 2023.


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 for the Barnegat Road Observing Site

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides (updated Sept 7, 2022)

Lunar X Predictions (UT)

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications

Minima of Algol