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 55th 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, including a PayPal link to pay dues (click here to make a separate donation). Members in good standing have access to the gated Barnegat Road Observing Site in the dark New Jersey Pines, while Atsion Field in the Pines is available to those with valid membership cards.



Vice President:



Al Meloni

Wade Evans

Suzanne Leap

Jim Brennan


Announcements   Last Update: Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 30 New Moon at 7:30 am EDT in Taurus.
June 3 Formal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. We are now meeting in-person at Virtua, but it will also be simulcast via Zoom (log-on information is posted to the WAS e-group). Guests are welcome at Virtua.
June 14 Full Moon at 7:52 am EDT in Ophiuchus.
June 17 Informal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm.
June 21 Solstice at 5:14 am EDT in Taurus. Summer starts for the Northern Hemisphere.
June 25 Public Star Watch at Atsion Field in Wharton State Forest, NJ. Starting time is 8:00 pm. Check back here for the weather call (go/no-go) on the day of the event.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 5.07.2022

This is the richly-colored Sunset we saw at Historic Smithville Park during our Public Star Watch on May 5, 2022. It was taken by club member Bill Di Blasio at 7:53 pm EDT (sunset at 7:58 pm) with a Nikon Z 6II digital camera and an 85 mm lens. Note the crepuscular rays extending from the cloud-covered sun behind the trees. Exposed 1/500 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400. Click the image for a larger version.


The five-day-old Crescent Moon was one of our prime targets for the Smithville Star Watch. Here we see the crescent projected from the eyepiece of one of our member's scopes onto to Evy's sweatshirt sleeve pulled over her outstretched hand. Her mother, Mary Wachter, took this snapshot at 9:00 pm with a smartphone.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 - 28.


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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 for the Barnegat Road Observing Site

Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guides

Lunar X Predictions (UT)

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications



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