Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (formerly known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 52nd 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, January 12, 2019
|Jan 17||Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. Note: Beginning with this meeting, informal meetings in 2019 will be on the third Thursday of the month. 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 center. Here are the minutes from the January 4 meeting.|
|Jan 20||Special event, a Moon Watch at Atsion, nominally starting at 9:30 pm EST for the Total Lunar Eclipse. First penumbral contact is at 9:36 pm and first umbral contact is at 10:34 pm EST on Sunday, January 20. Totality begins at 11:41 pm and maximum eclipse is at 12:12 am on Monday, January 21. Totality ends at 12:44 am and the moon leaves the umbra at 1:51 am. If weather permits (check back for the weather call on January 20), we'll see an abundance of stars appear in the dark sky at Atsion during totality, unlike the washed-out suburban view.|
|Jan 21||Full Moon at 12:16 am EST in western Cancer. There will be a total lunar eclipse, the entirety of which will be visible in the Philadelphia area (see above). We will be ideally positioned here at 75°W longitude as the moon transits the meridian at 12:11 am, within a minute of mid-eclipse, on January 21 (at 70° altitude).|
|Feb 1||Formal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.|
|Feb 4||New Moon at 4:04 pm EST in Capricornus.|
|Feb TBD||Astrophotography Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.|
In Memoriam January, 2019
Life Member, Francis Anthony "Tony" Moscicki, a long-time member of the West Jersey Astronomical Society, recently passed (December 2018). Many club members remember him from time shared with him at star gatherings including Stellafane in Vermont and the Winter star party in Florida. Tony gave valuable service to the club operating behind the scenes. After the club lost its meeting place in Willingboro he used his local contacts to find a series of meeting places for us, including our present well-equipped location at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown as well as our previous meeting place for many years at the Christ our Light parish's Resurrection School in Cherry Hill. Everyone in the club remembers him as a fine gentleman, who often contributed accounts of observatories and astronomy centers that he had visited. He will be greatly missed.
Roger Cowley, 2018 President, West Jersey Astronomical Society.
Tony and his wife Pat at the WAS 50th Anniversary dinner in 2017.
Tony and his great-grandkids visit a space museum.
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