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: Friday, August 21, 2020

Aug 21 Informal Meeting; online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-groups). Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended at least through September 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.
Aug 22 Member Star Watch at Atsion. Cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
Sept 2 Full Moon at 1:22 am EDT in Aquarius.
Sept 4 Formal Meeting; online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm.
Sept 17 New Moon at 7:00 am EDT in Virgo.
Sept 18 Public Star Watch at Atsion. This is our annual Friday night Public Star Watch at Atsion. However, due to the coronavirus situation, the status is indeterminate and it's not likely to be held. Check back for a final decision.
Sept 19 Member Star Watch at Atsion. This is also the weather backup date for the Sept 18 Public Star Watch, but it's status is indeterminate too, and not likely to be held due to the coronavirus situation.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 8.12.2020

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is now headed to the outer reaches of the solar system after putting on a fine show in the month of July, 2020, for Northern Hemisphere observers. Club member Steve Mattan captured this image of it around 10 pm EDT on July 19, 2020, from a site near Warren Grove, NJ. He used a Canon 60D digital SLR camera with a Canon 200 mm f/2.8L lens on an AstroTrac equatorial mount atop a Really Right Stuff tripod. It's a stack of 20 x five-second exposures at f/4, ISO 800. The curving yellowish dust tail following the comet's orbital path is obvious, but the separate, delicate bluish ion tail, which traces back to the sun, is also visible. The latter has been a challenge from light-polluted, hazy New Jersey skies.


Click here for the previous home page image.


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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