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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  • Members and non-members, check for the latest information on ASTRA's events and post questions.

  • See what ASTRA has planned for this year.
  • Find out where to go and how to get there.
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  • 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
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Next Meeting:

December, 2016

Date: Friday, 12/09/2016 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 meeting there will be the election of cluib officers for 2017 and presentation of the Dr. R. Erik Zimmermann award to ASTRA member Phil Zoller. Meetings are open to ASTRA members and anyone interested in Astronomy.

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 Jakes Branch County Park on Saturday, December 3rd!

Join the members of ASTRA at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ for a star party on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 3:30 to 8:30pm!

ASTRA members will set up their telescopes and other astronomuical devices to view the wonders of the night sky! This is a free event open to the public.

Join ASTRA for the Winter Star Watch on Satuarday, December 17th!

Join the members of ASTRA at the Robert J. Novins Plantariumy for the annual Winter Star Watch on Sat., Dec. 17th from 7:30 to 10:30pm!

Telescopes will be provided by ASTRA members for visualizing the star constellations , the planets, the moon and other deep sky astronomical objects.
This event 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!


The Juno mission is back on schedule for a close flyby of Jupiter in December, 2016!


  • The spacecraft has recovered from safe mode and will fly close to Jupiter on December 11th! Onboard instruments will attempt to penetrate the cloud cover to exploe the atmosphere of Jupiter and learn more about its' origins!


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
We will come and pick-up your used equipment.


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