President's Message
 
Welcome to the Central Valley Astronomers, an association based on the observation and study of the Universe beyond Earth. Founded in 1952, the Fresno based Central Valley Astronomers (CVA) is one of the oldest clubs of its kind in the country. Today the CVA consists of a mix of observers and astro-photographers, hobbyists and professionals eager to share the sights of the sky with others.
 
Public outreach has long been a primary mission of the CVA and we continue to hold regularly scheduled observing events that are open to the public. All ages are welcome and there is no cost for admission. Whether you are already an experienced observer, an aspiring stargazer, or perhaps merely a humble student of Science I encourage you to attend one of our events.
 
If you are new to Astronomy it is a great time to get actively involved. Recent discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the Universe and our place in it, but the action isn’t just limited to the professional field. There has never been a better time for the amateur and hobbyist to participate. Online resources are making it easier to learn about Astronomy and meet other active enthusiasts. Here at the CVA website you will find information about upcoming club events, membership, a gallery of images taken by current members, as well as some additional resources to help get you started. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us.
 
We hope to meet you at an upcoming CVA event and wish you clear skies for the start of your adventure under the stars.
 
Chad Quandt, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

M51 and plane
Jarrod McKnelly - 5/1/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Best Space Stories of the Week – May 3, 2015
(May 2, 2015)
A Russian cargo vessel suffered a serious malfunction on its way to the space station, NASA's MESSENGER probe slammed into Mercury and the New Horizons spacecraft snapped the best-ever photos of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
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Best Space Photos of the Week — May 3, 2015
(May 1, 2015)
From a spacecraft spinning out of control to predicting a cosmic demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 3, 2015.
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Rockets: A History
(May 1, 2015)
The principles of rockets go back thousands of years, from powering whimsical toys to lifting humans into space.
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Astronaut-Led Charity Auction Offers Rare Look at Orion Space Capsule
(April 30, 2015)
Since splashing down after a history-making test flight in 2014, NASA's first Orion space capsule has been, for the most part, out of sight. Now, an auction benefiting students is offering the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see the Orion spacecraft up
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SpaceX's Dragon Spaceship Pad Abort Test in Photos
(April 30, 2015)
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a pad abort test on May 6, 2015 to test the launch escape system on its manned Dragon spaceship. See the mission in photos here.
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Best Night Sky Events of May 2015 (Stargazing Maps)
(April 30, 2015)
See what's up in the night sky for May 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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US Air Force's Next X-37B Space Plane Mystery Mission to Test Thruster
(April 30, 2015)
The U.S. Air Force will test an innovative spacecraft thruster this month when it launches the latest mystery mission of its robotic X-37B space plane. Liftoff is set for May 20, 2015.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sunset:  8:02 PM
Darkness:  9:46 PM - 4:07 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 23, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
The Astronomical Zodiac is based on the position of the sun within the constellation boundaries as defined by the International Astronomical Union. For this reason, the length of time the sun spends in each constellation can be as few as 7 days and as many as 45 days (the Sun stays within Aries for 25 days). It also includes Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Bearer, as a 13th constellation.
 
This is in contrast to the Tropical Zodiac used by astrologers, which are spread out evenly amongst the 12 constellations, and correspond to different dates.

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