Welcome to STAR Astronomy

S*T*A*R , the Society of Telescopy, Astronomy, and Radio, is the focal point for amateur astronomy in Monmouth County, NJ, attracting members of all ages, occupations and backgrounds. Founded in 1957, the club holds regular meetings, observing nights, star parties, trips and special activities such as amateur telescope making and assisting local schools, scouts and park systems in conducting public astronomy programs. The club owns several telescopes available to members including a 25” aperture Dobsonian, the largest portable telescope in the tri state area.

S*T*A*R meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September to June, at 8 pm at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. Directions can be found here. Programs generally consist of lectures and discussions by members or guest speakers on a variety of interesting topics on astronomy. Refreshments are served during the meeting and, weather permitting, a short observing session may occur afterwards.

Everybody is welcome – please come along!   No telescope required!

Upcoming Events

  • October 16, 2015
    Dorbrook Park

    Oct. 16 Friday,  DO(Dorbrook Observing)Focus this evening: observing the crescent moon and double stars...and whatever suits our fancy.Oct. Sunset / End of Civil Twilight: 6:14PM / 7:44PMMoonset: 8:43Friday, October 16, 2015

    Body DawnBreaks Rises Sets DarkDescends DayLength
    Sun 5:38 A.M. 7:08 A.M. 6:14 P.M. 7:44 P.M. 11:06
    Moon   10:20 A.M. 8:43 P.M.    
    Mercury   5:35 A.M. 5:39 P.M.    
    Venus   3:19 A.M. 4:20 P.M.    
    Mars   3:48 A.M. 4:46 P.M.    
    Jupiter   3:52 A.M. 4:46 P.M.    
    Saturn   10:24 A.M. 8:14 P.M.    
    Uranus   5:59 P.M. 6:51 A.M.    
    Neptune   4:23 P.M. 3:26 A.M.    
    Pluto   1:25 P.M. 10:58 P.M.

  • October 19, 2015

    Star Party, Summerfield Elementary School, Oct.19, 6-8PM 5:30PM SetUP 6-8PM  Visitors - aprox. 120 students/adults. Sunset/End Civil twilight  6:10 / 6:40PM Moonset/ 11:15PM Saturn Set: 8:03PM in Scorpio Sky view: Lots to see:Summer Triangle, arrow, dolphin, Coathanger,  (King/Queen/Daughter/Winged horse/hero) and lots more. Monday, October 19, 2015 Body     Rises    Sets        Saturn        10:14 A.M.    8:03 P.M.        Uranus        5:47 P.M.    6:39 A.M.        Neptune        4:11 P.M.    3:14 A.M.        Pluto        1:14 P.M.    10:47 P.M.Directions: NOTE the school is on Green Grove Road.[url]search.yahoo.com/local/s;_ylt=A0LEVi0z8BFWxgYAe0AnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=summerfield+elementary+school+directions&addr=Neptune+City+NJ&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001&fr=yhs-mozilla-002[/url]

  • October 19, 2015

    PLEASE NOTE:..the Rain date for Summerfield Star Party is Wed. 10/21.

  • October 23, 2015

    This is a STAR members only event. VOLUNTEERS NOTE: Please don't call the facility or show up unexpectedly. Our hosts request you contact Steve Seigel, 908 405 5037 , if you WILL be there.25 people possibly using walkers or a wheelchair so, think about what equipment you might bring. Address: Second Westfield Senior Citizens Housing 1129 Boynton Avenue Westfield NJ  07090 See post for directions from GSP Setup 7:30PM, Observing 8PM

  • October 29, 2015
    Colts Neck Reformed Church

    Oct. 29 Thurs. We have been invited by Monmouth Camera Club to attend their monthly meeting, 7:30PM, Thursday, October 29, for a presentation by Dr. William Gutsch entitled IMAGING THE EARTH FROM SPACE  AND THE COSMOS BEYOND The meeting is held at Colts Neck Reformed Church, Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ (the building behind the church).

Latest Spectrogram

The Spectrogram is the monthly newsletter for S*T*A*R Astronomy. It is published around the beginning of the month, September through June.

  • March Meeting Minutes
  • Solar Cycles
  • Dusty Galaxy Structure
  • S*T*A*R Membership
  • In the Eyepiece