Welcome to Westchester Amateur Astronomers
We are a not–for–profit organization open to people of all ages with the desire to learn more about astronomy and who share an interest in viewing the universe. We range from enthusiastic amateurs and educators to casual stargazers and families. Everything you need to know about our organization is outlined below. Current astronomy news, feeds and astronomy resources can be found on the right side of the page.
You can reach the WAA via email at info (at) westchesterastronomers (dot) org
Annual dues are $25.00 per family which includes discounts on subscriptions to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines (see below). To join the WAA, fill out our application and send it along with a personal check or money order to our P.O. Box.
WAA at NEAF
Join us at NEAF - the North East Astronomy Forum. For information and directions, click the link.
Friday June 7 at 7:30 PM
Al Witzgall will give a talk on the history of the telescope.
Meetings are held in Lienhard Hall, in the Pleasantville Campus of Pace University
To get to Lienhard Hall from Miller Hall - Drive around to the north side of the Miller Hall complex. Go through the entrance and take the stairs or the elevator to the 3rd floor. OR walk through Miller Hall by going down the hall past the Miller lecture hall, taking the stairs on the right up one flight, then walking through the Nursing Department to the north end of Lienhard and then upstairs (or elevator) one more flight to the lecture hall.
Directions and a campus map can be found here
Join us at 7 PM for our social hour, a WAA tradition!
All lectures are free and open to the public.
Starway to Heaven
Starway to Heaven is our monthly observing night at The Meadow, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY.
2013 Observing Dates
- June 1 - Rain Date June 8
- July 6 - Rain Date July 13
- August 3 - Rain Date August 10
- September 7 - Rain Date September 28
- October 5 - Rain Date October 26
- November 2 - Rain Date November 30
We typically set up and start observing within a half hour after sunset. You can find the time for sunset at Ward Pound Ridge here
"Starway to Heaven" is free and open to the public through the generosity of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. We encourage you to bring your telescope — especially if you need help using or setting it up.
Don't have a telescope? You can look through our members' equipment.
Call 1–877–456–5778 for weather cancellations. A good rule of thumb: Don't show up if you can't count more than 10 bright stars. Please read our General Observing Guidelines. The WAA cannot guarantee the turnout of members and telescopes during the winter months.
Read the latest SkyWAAtch newsletters:
We also have archived newsletters.
We'll be glad to answer all your questions; just send your inquiries to info (at) westchesterastronomers (dot) org
- Dr. Lawrence Faltz - President - email
- Paul Alimena - Secretary & Membership Chair - email
- Doug Baum - Treasurer - email
- David Parmet - Webmaster & Public Relations Chair - email
- Bob Kelly - Field Events - email
- Pat Mahon - Speaker Coordinator - email
- Thomas Boustead - Newsletter Chair - email
About The "W"
The constellation Cassiopeia in its familiar "W" orientation as it appeared just above the treetops on Thursday, June 13, 1991 — the night the WAA was founded.
Astronomy Links and Resources
Almanacs and Calendars
- Sky at a Glance From Sky & Tele.
- Astronomy Now The UK's astronomy magazine.
- Night Sky This Week by Emil Neata.
- Space Weather by Dr. Tony Phillips.
- The Sky This Week from the Naval Observatory.
- Universe Today by Fraser Cain.
- Welcome to the Night Sky by Dr Jamie Love.
- Francis J. O'Reilly's amateur telescope making videos.
Charts and Maps
Clear Sky Clocks
- Astronomical Society of Greenwich
- Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association
- New Jersey Astron. Assn.
- Rockland Astronomy Club
- International Dark-Sky Association, the light pollution authority.
- SELENE-NY a grassroots group seeking better lighting practices for New York State.
- American Astronomical Society light pollution resources.
- Virtual Moon Phase from the Naval Observatory.
- Bruce Museum Greenwich, CT.
- Trailside Nature Museum, Cross River.
- Hudson River Museum, Yonkers.
- Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island
Satellite, ISS and Shuttle Passes
- Satellite Passes for White Plains, NY.
- Sightings for other cities.
- NASA SkyWatch Satellite predictions.
- Central Asia visible-light image.
- Eastern Pacific visible-light image.
- Europe and Africa visible-light image.
- North and South America visible-light image.
- Western Pacific visible-light image.
- Seeing in the Dark PBS website.
- White-Light Solar Image from Big Bear.
- Cross River Weatherbug forecast.
- Farmers Almanac prognosticated forecasts.
- Hastings on Hudson Weatherbug forecast.
- NOAA Weather forecast for N. Westchester.
- Surface Condition Forecasting From Airsports.net.
- Woman Astronomer to encourage women and girls interested in astronomy.
- Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
- Astronomical Software List
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