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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

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Friday June 9th, 2017

  The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.) Guide to the Night Sky and Basic Astronomy! Interested in learning more about stargazing and the night sky? Here's the place to start. At our monthly meetings ASTRA members will help you learn the night skies major stars and constellations. You'll discover the amazing range of objects you can see each month in the night sky, from the Moon and planets to distant galaxies. You also get clear advice on how to setup and use your telescopes and binoculars and also what equipment is available to the amateur astronomer.


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:

Novins Planetarium Summer Solstice Star Party

At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. Come celebrate with us the beginning of the Summer season.

Date: Saturday, 6/17/2017

Time: 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Location: Planetarium Parking Lot #4(R), 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08753


Jakes Branch County Park star party

Date: Saturday, 6/24/2017

Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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


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 05/24/2017