West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (formerly known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 53rd 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).



Vice President:



Al Meloni

Ray Pape

Arnie Rosemoff

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, July 13, 2020

July 17 Informal Meeting; this will be an online meeting via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS Google group). The status of physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remains indeterminate due to coronavirus concerns.
July 18 Public Star Watch at Batsto. Cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
July 20 New Moon at 1:33 pm EDT in western Cancer.
Aug 3 Full Moon at 11:59 am EDT in Capricornus.
Aug 7 Formal Meeting; an online meeting via Zoom is planned, opening at 7:30 pm.
Aug 22 Member Star Watch at Atsion. Status indeterminate due to coronavirus concerns.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 7.06.2020

Club member Joe Stieber captured this snapshot of the Moon on July 5, 2020, at 12:30 am EDT when it was at the maximum extent of a penumbral lunar eclipse. However, only about a third of the Moon's surface (at the top) was in the earth's shadow, which is below the threshold for visibility predicted by "Mr. Eclipse," Fred Espenak, as stated in a recent Spaceweather article. Indeed, there's no real shadow evident in this image, and about a dozen WAS members who observed the eclipse visually reported no apparent shadow. The picture was taken from Maple Shade, NJ, with a Canon EOS RP mirrorless digital camera and a Canon 400 mm f/5.6L telephoto lens on a fixed tripod. It's a single monochrome raw frame exposed 1/800 second at f/11, ISO 800. It was cropped to a quarter of the original linear dimensions for a field about 1.3 wide x 0.8 high.


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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, Atsion

USNO Solar System Object Apparent Disc
(this link may be inoperative as the USNO websites are undergoing modernization; estimated completion is now Fall 2020)

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

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