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

  • November 25, 2014

     Summerfield Elementary School, Neptune

  • December 4, 2014
    Monmouth Museum

    STAR will meet December 4 at 8 pm.  Our speaker will be STAR member Ken Legal, who will present “The H-R Diagram and Interesting Star Facts.” The famous Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram contains a lot more information than first meets the eye. This talk will include a brief history about how the H-R diagram came to be, then continue on to explain why it is so valuable a tool to astronomers. Not only does it summarize some interesting facts about some well-known (and not so well-known) stars, it can also help us evaluate the possibility of intelligent life on planets orbiting particular stars.

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.

  •  November Meeting Announcement
  • October Minutes
  • Bizarre Object at Galaxy Center
  • Cause of Vesta's Belt
  • Membership Form
  • In the Eyepiece