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 57th 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. Members in good standing have access to the gated Barnegat Road Observing Site in the dark New Jersey Pines.



Vice President:



Jim Fusco

Bob Lill

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans



Announcements   Last Update: Friday, March 01, 2024

Mar  1 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
Mar  2 Public Star Watch at Atsion, beginning at 6:30 pm EST. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.
Mar  10 Daylight Saving Time begins, 2:00 am EST becomes 3:00 am EDT ("Spring ahead, Fall backwards").
Mar  10 New Moon at 5:00 am EDT in Aquarius.
Mar  15 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
Mar  25 Full Moon at 3:00 am EDT in Virgo.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 2.19.2024

Club member Bill Grimditch captured this image of Bode's Galaxy, or Messier 81, a beautiful "grand design" spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. It was captured on February 7 & 9, 2024, from non-dark Willlingboro, NJ, using a ZWO ASI294MC camera and a Celestron Edge 9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope tracking on a Celestron CGX German equatorial mount, auto-guiding with PHD2 and an ASI174MM camera. Total exposure time was about 58 minutes (40.3 min on Feb 7 and 17.3 on Feb 9 before clouds interfered). It was stacked and processed with PixInsight, then slight final adjustments were made in Photoshop.


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 1 to 9, 2024.

The USNO's The Sky This Week, February 27, 2024, Every Four Years. Almost... (see note)

Get the monthly Evening Sky Map.


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

United States Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications

Minima of Algol

Lunar X Predictions for 2024

Best Comets of 2024