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: Wednesday, August 09, 2017
|Aug 18||Informal Meeting. However, we have a Star Watch at the Rancocas Nature Center, and since many members will already be going to Rancocas or will be out of town for the solar eclipse, if the weather permits, we'll convene at the Rancocas event. If it's cloudy, we'll gather as usual at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, at 7:30 pm. Check back for the weather call.|
|Aug 19||Public Star Watch at Batsto. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.|
|Aug 21||New Moon at 2:30 pm EDT in Leo. There will be a total solar eclipse on a narrow path crossing the continental USA, but in the Philadelphia area, it will just be a partial eclipse with a maximum obscuration of 75% at 2:44 pm. Click here to see general time and position information for the sun, as well as graphical representations of the lunar silhouette on the sun at several points during the eclipse in the Philadelphia area.|
|Sept 1||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.|
|Sept 6||Full Moon at 3:03 am EDT in Aquarius. The moon will be 1.4° from Neptune (center to center).|
Photo Spotlight Image posted 8.01.2017
It's now August 1, 2017 and we're just 20 days from the long-anticipated total eclipse of the sun on August 21 that will follow a narrow coast-to-coast path across the continental United States. Alas, the Philadelphia area is not on that path, and this synthetic image generated by WinJUPOS represents the maximum 75% obscuration we'll see in our area with properly-filtered binoculars. Specifically, from a spot at 40°N latitude and 75°W longitude, which is on the golf course of the Riverton Country Club in Cinnaminson, NJ, not far from the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
Click here for the previous home page image.
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.
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.
USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc