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Bill Murray, AAAP Outreach Chair and astronomer at the New Jersey State Museum will once again (following a Covid hiatus) give club members a private sky tour at the museum’s planetarium. He’ll show off the refurbished planetarium’s state-of-the-art Digital Sky 2 8K projection system. This is an opportunity to put aside Zooming and commiserate with AAAP members in the real world.
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One of the purposes of the AAAP is to educate the public about the wonders of the universe over our heads through our lecture series and outreach program.

Our astronomers setup telescopes for public use at Communiversity in Princeton, Super Science Saturday at the NJ State Museum in Trenton and at various public events around Mercer County.

We will bring telescopes to your school or educational event to show and explain objects in the night sky like the Moon, constellations, planets, nebulae and galaxies.

Observatory will be open for public nights every Friday, weather permitting, from April 15, 2022.

Send us your observation stories and the editor promises to publish them online in the newsletter Sidereal Times. Here is the link to the videos.

Events at the observatory:

Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day Weekend Solar Observing Event

The observatory will be open this SUNday for the Memorial Day Weekend SOLAR Observing event. Come out between the SUNNY hours of 1 to 3 pm to safely view the SUN's wild and mesmerizing magnetic activity at this free event. Bring your family and friends along with a blanket or chair to hang out with fellow members. We'll have white light and Hydrogen-alpha filters to safely show all kinds of solar phenomena. We'll even have a "Scope-on-a-Stick" and a scaled down model of the solar system. We'll also be giving out solar glasses so you'll be ready for the next total solar eclipse in April 2024.

And it gets even better! The NJ Governor has waived all state park entrance fees for the summer so there's no reason to skip the occasion. This kind of fun in the Sun CANNOT (and won't) be duplicated in a virtual Zoom meeting so do plan to come out!

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Sidereal Times is the official newsletter of AAAP since 1962.

Published in blog form now, it is the best source of current news about club activities. In addition, we publish essays, gear evaluations, astrophotographs, book and movie reviews, poetry, travelogues and technical articles related to our hobby.

AAAP plans to post on this website soon our archive of all issues going back to the club's founding. We hope to complete this project soon.