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: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
|Feb 12||Astrophotography Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ. There will be two presentations: Jim Foy - Color Space, Printing, Image Size/Resolution/Processing, Dan McCauley - PixInsight Batch Processing for Calibrating All Files. Note: Tonight's meeting is "on," regardless of the weather.|
|Feb 19||Full Moon at 10:54 am EST in Leo, near Regulus.|
|Feb 21||The Informal Meeting will not be held this month due to unavailability of the Virtua Health and Wellness Center. The remainder of the informal meetings in 2019 will continue on the third Thursday of the month.|
|Mar 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, go straight ahead and follow the sign for the conference center, or check with the security guard who will direct you.|
|Mar 2||Public Star Watch at Batsto. Our first Public Star Watch for 2019. Sunset is at 5:52 pm EST, astronomical twilight ends at 7:21 pm. Check back for the weather call on the day of the event.|
|Mar 6||New Moon at 11:04 am EST in western Pisces. It's Messier Marathon season!|
|Mar 9||Member Star Watch at Atsion. Sunset is at 5:59 pm EST, astronomical twilight ends at 7:29 pm. Check back for the weather call on the day of the event.|
|Mar 10||Daylight Time begins — at 2 am EST, clocks move forward to 3 am EDT.|
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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