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: Saturday, May 18, 2024

May  23 Full Moon at 9:53 am EDT in Scorpius.
June 6 New Moon at 8:38 am EDT in Taurus.
June 7 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
June 8 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.
June 20 Solstice at 4:51 pm EDT, the Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.
June 21 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 5.12.2024

Club member Jim Mack captured the galaxy pair Messier 51, which consists of NGC 5194, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and NGC 5195, its pup, in the constellation, Canes Venatici. They are connected by a tidal stream drawn by their interaction. Charles Messier quaintly described this entry in his catalog as "two atmospheres," and they are sometimes known as M51a and M51b respectively. Jim captured this image on April 5, 2024, from a dark site in eastern Manatee County, FL. He used a Celestron 9.25" Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a ZWO ASI2600MCP astro camera riding a ZWO AM5 strain wave equatorial mount, all controlled by an ASIAIR unit. It's a stack of 16 x 300 second sub-exposures for a total exposure of 80 minutes. Click here, or the image, for a larger version.


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 17 to 26, 2024.

The USNO's The Sky This Week, May 14, 2024, Springtime Stars Compete With the Moon.

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