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).

 

President:

Vice President:

Secretary:

Treasurer:

Al Meloni

Steve Kutoroff

Arnie Rosemoff

Wade Evans

     

Announcements   Last Update: Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dec 4 Formal Meeting, the club officers for 2021 were elected.
Dec 21 Solstice at 5:02 am EST, the Sun reaches it's most southerly declination (in Sagittarius) and Winter begins for the Northern Hemisphere.
Dec 21 Jupiter and Saturn will be in a very close conjunction, separated by a mere 0.1 after sunset, but they will also be close for several days before and after December 21. Here's Bob King's S&T article about the conjunction.
Dec 29 Full Moon at 10:38 pm EST in Gemini.
Jan 8 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 (but at least through the end of April 2021) due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Normally, the formal meeting would be on the first Friday of the month, but since that falls on January 1, 2021, it's the New Year's holiday, so the date is being moved to January 8. Correspondingly, the informal meeting will be also be moved a week later to January 22. The usual first and third Friday schedule will return in February
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Jan 13 New Moon at 12:00 am EST in eastern Sagittarius.
Jan 22 Informal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
Note: Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion have been cancelled through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The status of the 2021 Star Watches is currently indeterminate.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 12.03.2020

Club member Bill DiBlasio captured this crisp image of the waxing gibbous Moon; details are provided at the bottom of the frame.

 

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 website is undergoing modernization; estimated completion is now Fall 2020)

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

Old SOHO Link   Alternate SOHO Link