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


Arnie Rosemoff



Announcements   Last Update: Friday, September 25, 2020

Note: Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion have been cancelled through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The status of the 2021 Star Watches is currently indeterminate.
Oct 1 Full Moon at 5:05 pm EDT in northwest Cetus.
Oct 2 Formal Meeting; online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group). Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns.
Oct 6 Mars will make it's closest approach to Earth for this 2020 apparition at a distance of 0.415 au. It will reach an apparent diameter of 22.6 arc seconds, and for observers at 40N-75W, transit the meridian at 56 altitude in the constellation Pisces. Formal geocentric opposition is on October 13 when it will have an apparent diameter of 22.3 arc seconds. However, as of the evening of Sept 23, Mars has already reached 22 arc seconds apparent diameter.
Oct 16 New Moon at 3:31 pm EDT in Virgo.
Oct 16 Informal Meeting; online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 9.23.2020


Club member Bill DiBlasio captured this image of the Milky Way from Lumberton, NJ. The cloud of stars stream from the Summer Triangle at the top down into Sagittarius at the bottom. Jupiter is the bright object near the bottom, just above the handle of the Sagittarius "Teapot."


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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