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 56th 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.



Vice President:



Ken Weber

Al Meloni

Suzanne Leap

Wade Evans


Announcements   Last Update: Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Nov 3 Jupiter at Opposition, 1:02 am EDT. It will be 49.5″ apparent equatorial diameter.
Nov 3 Formal Meeting, at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm EDT. Guests are welcome. We will be taking nominations for the 2024 officers.
Nov 5 Daylight Saving Time ends; 2:00 am EDT (UT-4) becomes 1:00 am EST (UT-5).
Nov 13 New Moon at 4:27 am EST in eastern Libra.
Nov 17 Informal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, in Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm EST. Guests are welcome.
Nov 18 Mars in Conjunction with the Sun at 12:41 am EST.
Nov 18 Public Star Watch at Batsto, beginning at 5:30 pm EST. Check back here on the day of the event for the go/no-go weather call. This will be our final Public Star Watch for 2023.
Nov 27 Full Moon at 4:16 am EDT in Taurus.

Photo Spotlight   Image posted 10.15.2023

On October 14, 2023, a solar eclipse was visible over most of the United States, but just a narrow band running from Oregon to Texas would see an annular eclipse (the annular path would then continue past Central America to South America). The rest of the country would see a varying degree of partial eclipse. Here in the Delaware Valley, the weather was dreary and rainy, so the Sun didn't appear during the nominal 12:06 pm to 2:37 pm EDT duration, reaching a  maximum 25% obscuration at 1:21 pm. However, long-time club member Jim Mack captured this image of the Sun near the mid-point of the eclipse from his home in Florida, where the weather was more favorable and the obscuration approached a 60% maximum. Sunspot group AR 3465 is near the limb of the silhouetted Moon. Click the image for a larger version.


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Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 27 to November 5, 2023.

USNO's The Sky This Week, November 1, 2023, Seven Sisters Rising.

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 (UT)