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, July 12, 2021

July 15 Informal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group). Note that this is a day earlier than usual, on a Thursday. Physical meetings at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, remain suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue.
July 23 Full Moon at 10:37 pm EDT in western Capricornus.
Aug 6 Formal Meeting, online via Zoom, opening at 7:30 pm (log-on information will be posted to the WAS e-group).
Aug 8 New Moon at 9:50 am EDT at the eastern border of Cancer (partially into Leo).
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   Images posted 7.12.2021

Club member Joe Stieber captured this view of Mars and Venus joined by the two-day-old, 4.0% illuminated Crescent Moon, on July 11, 2021, at 9:15 pm EDT. At the time, Mars and Venus were 1.0 apart while Venus and the Moon were 5.8 apart. The following evening, July 12, Mars and Venus will be half a degree apart and the Moon will be about 7 above-left of the planets. Taken from Swede Run in Moorestown, NJ, with a Canon EOS RP mirrorless digital camera and a Tamron 150 to 600 mm f/5 to 6.3 telephoto lens on a fixed tripod set to 188 mm focal length and lightly cropped to a field 10.0 wide x 5.7 high. Exposed 1/2 second at f/5.0, ISO 1600. Mouseover for labels.



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

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

Old SOHO Link   Alternate SOHO Link

Events, July 10-18, 2021