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 55th 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:



Al Meloni

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, December 05, 2022

Dec 2 At the Formal Meeting on Dec 2, the 2023 officers were elected.
Dec 7 Full Moon at 11:08 pm EST in Taurus. In our area, the Moon will pass less than an arc minute from Mars about 10:50 pm EST, just missing an occultation. About 11:25 pm, the Moon will occult the magnitude 5.8 star, 98 Tau.
Dec 8 Mars will reach opposition at 12:42 am EST, 17.0 arc seconds diameter and magnitude -1.9.
Dec 9 A Rocket Labs Electron Rocket is currently scheduled to launch between 6 to 8 pm EST from Wallops Island, VA. Weather permitting, the exhaust plume of the ascending rocket should be visible from the Moorestown area.
Dec 10 The annual Holiday Party is being planned for Dec 10. Check the WAS e-group for details.
Dec 13 The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks overnight Dec 13-14, but it will be tempered by the Moon rising at 9:33 pm EST on Dec 13. The Moon will be 70% illuminated at midnight.
Dec 16 Informal 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.
Dec 17 Member Star Watch at the Barnegat Rd Observing Site, and/or Dec 18. The go/no-go decisions will be posted to club e-group. Barnegat events are for members only.
Dec 21 Solstice at 4:48 pm EST. Winter begins for the northern hemisphere.
Dec 23 New Moon at 5:17 am EST in Sagittarius.
Dec 23 Member Star Watch at the Barnegat Rd Observing Site, and/or Dec 24 & 25. The go/no-go decisions will be posted to club e-group. Barnegat events are for members only.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 11.11.2022

Club member Bill Di Blasio captured this image of the waning gibbous, but 99.6% illuminated Moon on November 8, 2022, at 8:10 pm EST, a little more than half a day after the total lunar eclipse that morning. Bill used a Nikon Z6 II mirrorless digital camera with a 500 mm focal length lens. It was exposed 1/320 sec at f/10, ISO 100. It was processed with Lightroom and Topaz Sharpen AI.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 2 to 10, 2022. The USNO's The Sky This Week, Nov 29, 2022.


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