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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  • See what ASTRA has planned for this year.
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  • Check out what astronomical objects to observe tonight.
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  • Find out what the weather conditions are for observing in South-East New Jersey.
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  • Data supplied by J. Randolph Walton - See a list of astronomical events for this month.
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Next Meeting:

May 9th, 2014

Date: Friday, 05/09/2014 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The next meeting will be held at the Robert J. Novins Plantarium meeting room located on the Ocean Couty College campus (Bldg. 17 next to parking lot 2).

The meeting will include a presentation by ASTRA member Ryan Knipple who will give a presentation about astronomy on-line. If you're interested in learning about astronomy, telescopic observing, and other things space-related, join the amateur astronomers of ASTRA. Interested people of all ages are invited. Snacks will be served for ASTRA members and telescopes will be setup outside for observing after sunset. "Weather Permitting".

Join ASTRA at Jakes Branch County Park on Satuarday, May 3rd for Astronomy Day!

Join the members of ASTRA as they celebrate Astronomy Day at Jakes Branch County Park, Double Trouble Road, Beechwood, NJ on Sat., May 3rd. Daytime events are scheduled for 3 to 5 pm and evening events from 7:30 to 11pm. Observe the Sun's corona and see suns spots through special telescopes or watch us make a comet during the daytime events or observe the night sky with us in the evening!

Join ASTRA at Ocean County College on Satuarday, May 10th for Astronomy Day!

Join the members of ASTRA and the Planetarium staff as we celebrate Astronomy Day at Ocean County College Planetarium on Sat., May 10th. Daytime displays and presentations are scheduled for 10 am to 4 pm and evening night sky observations from 8 to 11 pm. This is a free event open to the public.

Mars 'Curiosity' rover continues exploring the Red Planet!

  • The rover has observed bright spots and sent images of them back to earth.

Check on the rover's progress and view the images taken by the rover cameras anytime on the NASA Science website!

The 'New Horizons' spacecraft is only 3.64 AUs from Pluto and closing fast!

  • The spacecraft will cross the orbit of Neptune on Aug. 25, 2014 and is on target for a July 15, 2015 encounter with Pluto to be followed by a trip through the Kuiper Belt and a possible encounter with a KBO.

Astronomy Day 2010 Image 1
Click on the above image to see a video of ASTRA presentations at Astronomy Day 2011 held on April 30, 2011 at OCC.
Click here or select the"Gallery & Event Photos" link above for photos taken at the event.


No longer used telescopes, parts, and accessories.
Call the ASTRA Hotline at 609-971-3331
We will come and pick-up your used equipment.


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