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:

March, 2017

Date: Friday, 3/10/2017 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)

Guest speaker Steven K. Korotky Ph.D. will discuss the restoration of the George Prin 6 1/2 inch refractor telescope at the Rutgers University Daniel S. Schanck Observatory.  In his talk he will summarize the history of the Schanck Observatory including its renovation, recount the journey of the Prin telescope, and provide an update on the work to restore it and reinstate it as the scientific centerpiece of the historic astronomical observatory.

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, March 4th!

Join the members of ASTRA at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ for a star party on Saturday, March 4th from 7:00 to 9:00pm!

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 at the Spring Equinox Star Party on Saturday, March 18th!

Join the members of ASTRA at the Robert J. Novins PlantariumJ for Spring Equinox Star Party on Saturday, March 18th from 7:00 to 9:00pm!

Members of ASTRA will setup their telescopes on the campus of Ocean County College to share views of the planets and stars.y!

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 on course to encounter a KBO in 2019!


The Juno mission will perform the next close flyby of Jupiter in March 27th!


The OSIRIS-REx mission will grab a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth!



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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