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, July 12, 2024

July 19 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
July 21 Full Moon at 6:17 am EDT in eastern Sagittarius, near the western Capricornus border.
Aug 1 Stellafane Convention begins in Springfield, Vermont; runs through August 4.
Aug 3 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
Aug 4 New Moon at 7:13 am EDT in Cancer.
Aug 10 Public Star Watch at Batsto, beginning at 8:00 pm EDT. No registration required. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 6.12.2024

We finally had a clear night for the successful WAS Public Star Watch at Batsto on June 8, 2024. Later in the night, club member, Secretary and Star Watch Director Suzanne Leap captured this view looking south towards the Milky Way from the constellations Aquila through Scutum down to Sagittarius, and flanked by Scorpius to the west and Capricornus to the east. Taken at 12:44 am EDT with a Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera (on a fixed tripod) and a Rokinon 16 mm f/2.0 lens. It's a single frame exposed 8 seconds at f/2.4, ISO 800. Click on the image for a larger version.


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 12 to 21, 2024.

The USNO's The Sky This Week, July 9, 2024, The Thunder Moon and Summer's Stars.

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

NJ Aurorae, May 11, 2024, DLP, RM & DR