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The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area

The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) is open to individuals who are interested in astronomy and space sciences. Members are of all ages and all levels of experience. Many are novices, some are advanced observers. Beginners are especially welcome.
A.S.T.R.A. has monthly meetings and participates in several star parties throughout the year. Check our Meeting & Star Party Schedule for times and locations.
Meetings cover a wide variety of topics (observational, theoretical, and amateur activities). Meetings may offer presentations by members, guest speakers, and or workshops on some aspect of astronomy.


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Next Meeting:

ASTRA has moved its meeting location. Instead of being held at the Planetarium bld. #13 it has moved to the Conference bld. #10 across from the Planetarium.
Still use parking lot #2, go up the ramp and go to the right to the Conference bld. #10

OCC Campus Map: https://www.ocean.edu/content/public/ab ... s-map.html

Friday July 14th, 2017

 

ASTRA member Phil Zollner will give a presentation on his experiences observing Solar Eclipses and will provide information on the upcoming Solar Eclipse in August 21st 2017.

 


Next Star Parties/Events

Viewing events are always subject to weather conditions. Please check the "Meetings and Star Party Schedule" link button above 2 hours prior to the start time to verify that this event is still scheduled. ASTRA Members will receive an email notification of any ASTRA star party/event changes or cancelations! If you are an ASTRA member and are not receiving these notifications please contact John Endreson at: President@astra-nj.org



ASTRA members must contact John Endreson president@astra-ny.org if you wish to volunteer to setup a telescope at this event!!!

Join us on an adventurous hike and experience the magic of Island Beach State Park at night. Hike through the dark, dense maritime forest, over the rolling dunes and down to the beach. Enjoy a blazing bonfire, marshmallows and s'mores while learning about the parks history, ecology and even some astronomy!
We are thrilled that the ASTRA astronomy club will be joining us again this year! There might even be someone at the iconic Judges Shack waiting for you! All ages welcome, however a registered adult must accompany minors. Bring a flashlight, blanket or chair, drinking water, and bug spray.
Park Admission fees apply and are payable on the day of the program as you enter the Park at the Main Gate. Participants should arrive at the A13 Parking Lot 15 minutes before the start of the program. The program will run rain or shine! Please prepare for the weather. If the Park cancels the program, you will be notified and you will receive a full refund.
If the registered participant cancels for any reason, the fee is not refundable. We look forward to seeing you at Island Beach State Park! For questions, please call the Nature Center: 732-793-1315

Hike Disclaimer Night Hiking/bonfires are great adventures, but with any sports there are risks that you need to be aware of to decide whether you wish to participate. It is a physical sport and therefore has the potential for injury or harm. The weather and the water conditions can change quickly and significantly. While dangerous situations are rare,, they are possible. Each person is responsible for their own safety and personal belongings they bring with them on the day. It is important that you follow the instructions of your Naturalist in order to limit the chances of risk or harm.

Date: Friday, 7/7/2017

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Island Beach State Park, Shore Road, Berkeley Township, NJ 08734


ASTRA members must contact John Endreson president@astra-ny.org if you wish to volunteer to setup a telescope at this event!!!

Date: Friday, 7/14/2017

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Island Beach State Park, Shore Road, Berkeley Township, NJ 08734


ASTRA members must contact John Endreson president@astra-ny.org if you wish to volunteer to setup a telescope at this event!!!

Date: Friday, 7/21/2017

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Island Beach State Park, Shore Road, Berkeley Township, NJ 08734


Members of the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) will setup their telescopes at the County Park to share views of the planets and stars. We will explore the constellations and other celestial objects of the season. Free Event. Weather permitting!

Date: Friday, 7/21/2017

Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: Cloverdale Farms, Dartmouth Boulevard, Barnegat Township, NJ 08005


ASTRA members must contact John Endreson president@astra-ny.org if you wish to volunteer to setup a telescope at this event!!!

Date: Friday, 7/28/2017

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Island Beach State Park, Shore Road, Berkeley Township, NJ 08734


Members of the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) will setup their telescopes at the County Park to share views of the planets and stars. We will explore the constellations and other celestial objects of the season. Free Event. Weather permitting!

Date: Saturday, 7/29/2017

Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722






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Astronomy Day 2010 Image 1


To get an overview of what happens at the annual Astronomy Day celebrations, click on the above image to see a video of ASTRA presentations at an Astronomy Day celebration held on April 30, 2011 at OCC.

To get an idea of what a typical Star Party is like, click here or select the"Gallery & Event Photos" link above for photos taken at various ASTRA events.


Wanted!

No longer used telescopes, parts, and accessories.
Call the ASTRA Hotline at 609-971-3331 or email John Endreson at: President@astra-nj.org
and we will come and pick-up your used equipment.


"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT"


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