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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Next Meeting:

May 13th, 2016

Date: Friday, 5/13/2016 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The next meeting will be held at the Robert J. Novins Plantarium located on the Ocean Couty College campus (Bldg. 13 next to parking lot 2)

Following the monthly meeting, there will be a presentation by ASTRA member John Endresen entitled "How computer controlled telescopes work and why they don't!".

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.

Join ASTRA at the Cloverdale Star Party on Friday, May 6th!

Join the members of ASTRA at Cloverdale Farms, Dartmouth Boulevard, Barnegat Township, NJon Friday, May 6th from 8:30m to 10:30 pm for viewing the wonders of the night sky with telescopes and binoculars provided by ASTRA members. This is a free event open to the public.


Join ASTRA at Ocean County Park on Satuarday, April 30th!

Join the members of ASTRA at Ocean County park, 800 Ocean Ave, Lakewood Township, NJ on Sat., April 30th from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm as we explore the constellations and other celestial objects of the season. This is a free event open to the public.


Mars 'Curiosity' rover continues exploring the Red Planet!

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 has passed Pluto and is sending data back to NASA!

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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