posted Aug 29, 2020, 4:52 AM by Anthony Pisano

The club has not been together in quite some time. The board of the MMAS has been planning on a fall return to in person membership meetings since the spring.  Unfortunately, the museum has been closed for 4.5 months and that has put a large economic strain on the institution.  We have been notified that the museum will no longer be open on Thursday nights.  This has forced us to rethink and reimagine our meetings.  The director of the museum has not only encouraged us to continue to have the meetings, but has also made suggestions on how to proceed. 

This is what we figured out:

For the foreseeable future, the club will conduct in person membership meetings at the Morris Museum.  The meetings will be held on SATURDAY’S at 11:30AM. 

Meeting dates:

Sept. 12

Oct. 10

Nov. 14

Dec. TBD


Meetings will be held in the theater vestibule (the room behind the front desk).  There will be a maximum of 12 seats available in the meeting area.  Masks must be worn and chairs will be spaced accordingly.  If you plan on attending the meeting you MUST register with our Program Chair, Bob Caccaro - .  For those of our members that do not feel comfortable attending we are going to attempt to broadcast the meeting on Facebook Live via our Facebook page .

We hope that this is a temporary solution and is one that will work for everyone.


All the best,


Anthony J Pisano


Morris Museum Astronomical Society 

The Morris Museum will reopen on July 21 to the general public!

posted Jul 7, 2020, 4:23 AM by Anthony Pisano

“The reincarnated Morris Museum offers that live-and-in-person experience with art, culture, beauty and discovery that we’ve been craving after months in front of our screens. In many ways, the Morris Museum inhabits a “Goldilocks Zone,”--just the right fit as New Jersey emerges from pandemic hibernation. We’re just a short drive away, a good visit takes about the time of a summer blockbuster, and the exhibitions in our galleries offer something for the whole family. This summer is a great time to explore something new, and the Morris Museum has surprising experiences in store for everybody.”
-Dr. Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director
To learn about our new procedures, and to book your timed-entry visit, click here!


posted Mar 25, 2020, 1:13 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated May 21, 2020, 5:30 AM ]

MMAS members and friends,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) events affecting the our country, state and local communities the board of directors of the MMAS has decided to cancel not only Astronomy Day 2020 but also our April, May and June 2020 general meetings.  The club was notified that the Morris Museum would be shuttered until further notice to the public.  We hope to restart our meetings in September.  Scheduled outreach observing will most likely also be canceled depending on the rules of the host libraries or organizations.   If you have any questions, please email us at  

Astro Day at the Morris Museum

posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:49 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 2:08 PM ]

Astro Day at the Morris Museum

Saturday, April 4, 2020


(Morristown, NJ, March 1, 2020) –The Morris Museum and The Morris Museum Astronomical Society will host a fun-filled family event that is out of this world!  Astronomy programs, children’s activities, and interactive displays will be scheduled throughout the day from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. All Astro Day activities are free with museum admission.

Experts from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will be on hand to provide lectures, telescope training (bring your family’s telescope), solar observation and night sky observing. (weather permitting).  Astro Day visitors will be able to view the sun through special filters, revealing sunspots, flares and prominences.

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3700 or

Guest Speakers:

12:00PM Ron Furia “In Search of New Earths” The discovery of exoplanets has begun a search for Earth-like planets. The presentation will review some of the methods used to locate exoplanets and the type of exoplanets found so far. It will explain what is meant by “Earth - like'' and look at some of the most Earth- like exoplanets discovered to-date.

1:00PM Smithsonian Film: An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

2:00PM Karl Hricko “Voyage Through the Universe” Join us on a cosmic voyage to visit the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and other wonders of the universe.



§  Telescope Training & Telescope Clinic (bring your scope if you have one!)

§  NASA 3D Posters/Pictures

§  Meteorite Display

§  Telescope Display

§  Question & Answer Table

§  BASF's Kids' Lab - Astronomy themed crafty science project

§  Astronomy worksheets and other fun activities.  

§  Photo Opportunities - take your photo at a special Astro Day inspired station.

§  Solar and celestial observing (weather permitting).


Access to the Museum's Exhibitions


FREE for Museum Members.
FREE with Museum Admission for Non-members.
To become a Member, and attend this special day for free, and visit the museum year-round for free visit, email, or call 973.971.3721. 

The Astro Family Day program is made possible in part by generous support from:

  • Morris Museum Astronomical Society
  • BASF Corporation

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Morris Museum Astronomical Society

The Morris Museum Astronomical Society (MMAS) was formed over 45 years ago to provide a resource for those in the Northern New Jersey area who have an interest in astronomy.

The society meets for programs on various topics in astronomy at the Morris Museum on the second Thursday of the month from September through June at 7:00PM. They can be reached at or or

Location and Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  To become a Member, and visit the museum year-round for free visit, email, or call 973.971.3721. 

Astronomy Day 2020

posted Feb 1, 2020, 4:25 AM by Anthony Pisano

The board would like to announce that Astronomy Day 2020 will be held April 4th from 11AM to 4PM and celestial observing in the evening.  In addition to our regular displays and speakers we will be sharing the day with the museum’s observance and celebration of National Museum Day.  Since the museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate, they will also be showing 3 Smithsonian documentary films celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information

Busy summer of outreach observing

posted Jun 14, 2019, 6:51 AM by Anthony Pisano

Please check our calendar and FB page for all the most up to update info on our outreach observing.  Many dates have been added and more to come!  We hope to see you out at our activities and at UACNJ this summer!

Moonwalk at 50! - July 20 at the Morris Museum

posted May 20, 2019, 7:33 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Jul 8, 2019, 9:27 AM ]

Moonwalk at 50! festivities on Saturday, July 20 11AM-5PM. Activities include a crafts, science, a celebratory ‘moonwalk’, and a special screening of the recent hit documentary, Apollo 11. Guest speaker amateur astronomer and space enthusiast Alan Witzgall will give a talk on the first moon landing.

Mr. Alan Witzgall. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Kean University. He is a very active long-term member of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. of Cranford, NJ, and is a past president of that organization. Al is chairman of its Instrument Qualifications Committee, training AAI members in the use of the telescopes of Sperry Observatory. He is currently very involved with public education in astronomy and science outreach programs in general.

He is also active at the New Jersey Astronomical Association in High Bridge, NJ, serving as its Vice-president.

In his professional life, he is a Senior Optician for ESCO Optics of Oak Ridge, NJ. His career in optics came from building telescopes in his basement during his high school and college years. In 1977, one of them, a 10-inch reflector, took first award at Stellafane, the birthplace of the amateur telescope-making hobby in America.

Today we celebrate a momentous event in the history of humanity. Fifty years ago, on July 20th, 1969, two American explorers landed safely on the surface of the Moon, and a few days later returned safely to Earth. 

One Small Step : The Voyage of Apollo 11.

2PM talk time

Holiday Party

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:21 AM by Anthony Pisano

Reminder: December 13th 7:00PM at the museum is our Holiday Party! 

Please bring a dish to share and join is for good company, good food and a re-cap of the year for our club.  We hope to see you all there.  

Thursday Evening Meeting & Picnic

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:47 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 1:00 PM ]

Welcome back all!  Just a reminder, we have our first meeting back from our summer break this Thurs, Sept. 13th, 7:00pm at the Museum.  Our own Ron Furia will be presenting his talk: "Exoplanets".  This is a make-up talk.  Ron was snowed out back in March of this year.  I hope you all can make it. 

Keeping with the theme of makeup dates, on Sat. Sept. 15th with will be having our MMAS/SSG/NJAG pic nic at the UACNJ.  Start time is 3PM till whenever.  If weather becomes an issue we will be putting info on Facebook and email that morning.  

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