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: Sunday, October 22, 2017
for the 2018 WAS Officers are now being taken.
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|Nov 3||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.|
|Nov 4||Full Moon at 1:23 am EDT in Cetus. It's the Hunter's Moon, since the Harvest Moon was in October for 2017.|
|Nov 5||Daylight Time Ends at 2:00 am EDT, which becomes 1:00 am Eastern Standard Time.|
|Nov 17||Informal Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ.|
|Nov 18||New Moon at 6:42 am EST in Libra.|
|Nov 18||Public Star Watch at Batsto. This will be the final Public Star Watch of 2017. Check back for the weather call, which is typically posted before noon on the day of the Star Watch.|
Photo Spotlight Image posted 10.22.2017
Club member Joe Stieber captured the 6% illuminated, earthshine-filled, waning Crescent Moon near the planet Mars when they were just 1.3° apart (center-to-center) on the morning of October 17, 2017. Taken from Swede Run in Moorestown, NJ (about a mile from our Virtua meeting venue) at 5:44 am EDT (2 minutes before the start of astronomical twilight) with a Canon 6D digital SLR camera and a Tamron 150 to 600 mm f/5-6.3 zoom lens (on a fixed tripod) set to 483 mm focal length, which produced a field about 4.2° wide x 2.8° high. It was exposed 1.6 seconds at f/8, ISO 800. Mouseover for labels.
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Note: Club President, Roger Cowley, has published a 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.
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