West Jersey Astronomical Society  www.wasociety.us

Welcome to the Official Home Page of the West Jersey Astronomical Society (additionally known as the Willingboro Astronomical Society). Our club is in its 54th 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

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Monday, June 07, 2021

Jun 10 New Moon at 6:53 am EDT in eastern Aries. There will be an annular eclipse of the sun, but only a partial phase will be visible in the Philadelphia area. For 40N-75W, the eclipsed sun rises at 5:31 am, maximum eclipse occurs shortly after at 5:32 am (about 79% of the solar disc covered) and the eclipse ends at 6:30 am. See the picture below...
Jun 18

Informal 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 at least through the end of June 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue.

Jun 24 Full Moon at 2:40 pm EDT in Sagittarius (near the sun's location at the Winter Solstice).
July 2 Formal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
Note: The status of 2021 Public Star Watches at Batsto and Member Star Watches at Atsion is still indeterminate due to COVID-19 restrictions in the New Jersey State Forests.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 6.06.2021

Here's a preview of what the sun might look like from our area as it rises about 5:30 am EDT on Thursday, June 10, 2021, while the partial phase of an annular solar eclipse is in progress. The main difference on June 10 will be that the cusps of a thinner solar crescent will be pointing towards the 10:30 o'clock position. This image was taken on November 3, 2013, from Brigantine, NJ, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, by club member Joe Stieber with a Canon 6D digital SLR camera at the prime focus of a William Optics 80 mm, f/6 apo refractor on a fixed tripod. Exposed 1/1000 second at ISO 100 (there was no filter in place, just the clouds and haze). Like before, an ocean view from the Jersey coast will provide the lowest horizon possible, but any site in the Philadelphia area with a low enough horizon towards 60 azimuth (ENE) will show the eclipsed sun. The eclipse ends about 6:30 am when the sun is almost 10 altitude.



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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

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