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, including a PayPal link to pay dues or make a separate donation (Note: PayPal is temporarily not functioning). 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: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Jan  25 Full Moon at 12:54 pm EST in Cancer, near M44, the Beehive Cluster.
Jan  27 Mercury and Mars will be about a quarter of a degree apart, low in morning twilight.
Feb  2 Formal Meeting at the Virtua Health and Wellness Center, Conference Ctr, Room 155A, Moorestown, NJ, 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome.
Feb  5 The Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys begins; it runs through February 11.
Feb  9 New Moon at 5:59 pm EST in Capricornus.
Feb  16 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 1.06.2024

Club member Howard Schneck captured this image of comet 144P/Kushida from Atsion in Wharton State Forest, NJ. The equipment used was a Celestron Edge HD8 with focal reducer and a ZWO ASI2600MC camera riding a Skywatcher NEQ6 mount. Capture was done with an ASIAIR+ and post-processing was done with Pixinsight. Howard reports that he could not see the comet with Canon 12x36 image stabilized binoculars, although the appropriate field stars were located. However, in the first week of January 2024, a couple of WAS members have seen 144P with an 88 mm spotting scope and a 12.5-inch Dob (nominally magnitude 10.x at the time per contemporaneous reports at COBS). Click here (or the picture) for a larger version.


Click here for the previous home page image.


Sky & Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 19 to 28, 2024.

The USNO's The Sky This Week, January 23, 2024, Touring the Winter Circle.

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 (URL still okay)

Minima of Algol

Lunar X Predictions for 2024