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.

Message Boards
  • Members and guests, check for the latest information on ASTRA's events and post questions. (Must be registered to post!).

  • See what ASTRA has planned for this year.
  • Find out where to go and how to get there.
Celestial Events
  • Check out what astronomical objects to observe tonight.
Coyle Field
  • Find out what the weather conditions are for observing in South-East New Jersey.
What to see now
  • Data supplied from various web sources - See a list of astronomical events for this month.
Dr. Zimmerman
  • Dedicated to ASTRA's outstanding members.

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ASTRA's monthly meetings are held on the second Friday of each month (except for August) starting 7:00 pm at the Ocean County College Robert J. Novins Planetarium classroom in bld. #13 Use the OCC parking lot #2, go up the ramp/steps and go to the left into the Planetarium bld. #13.

Please check the "Meetings and Star Party Schedule" link button for our next scheduled meeting.

OCC Campus Map: ... s-map.html


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:

click the link below to...

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.


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


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Last update 12/23/2018