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

Life of the Star Party
Scott Davis - 3/9/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity Spaceship Makes 1st Solo Glide Flight
(December 2, 2016)
Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spacecraft, the VSS Unity, made its first glide test flight over California's Mojave Desert on Dec. 3, 2016.
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In Pictures: Virgin Galactic's 1st Glide Flight of VSS Unity Spaceship
(December 2, 2016)
The space tourism company Virgin Galactic performed its first glide flight test of the VSS Unity on Dec. 3, 2016. Here are the photos from the spaceship's run-up to its first solo flight.
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Indian X Prize Team Secures Launch Contract with ISRO
(December 2, 2016)
TeamIndus, an Indian team competing in the Google Lunar X Prize, announced Dec. 1 it has a launch contract for its lunar lander mission with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
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Dimming Mars and Crescent Moon Cross Paths in Sunday's Evening Sky
(December 2, 2016)
Look for a waxing crescent moon passing the diminishing Red Planet during the evenings of Dec. 4 and 5.
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Want to Build a Rocket? There's an App for That
(December 1, 2016)
Long-time military contractor United Launch Alliance shows off a new, customer-friendly face.
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Europe Commits to Space Station, ExoMars as Part of $11 Billion in Commitments to ESA
(December 1, 2016)
The 22-nation European Space Agency forced its science program to lay an offering at the alter of the agency’s struggling ExoMars mission with Russia, allowing a European rover to be launched in 2020 to complement the Mars orbiter already in service.
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Saturn's Rings Dwarf Tiny Moon Mimas in Stunning NASA Photo
(December 1, 2016)
While it seems Saturn's rings eclipse the tiny, icy Mimas, scientists expect the actual mass of the rings may be close to or even less than that of Saturn's miniscule moon.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:25 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 10, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunset:  4:54 PM
Darkness:  6:27 PM - 5:41 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Ophiuchus (Serpent Bearer)
November 30 - December 17
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 Ophiuchus for 18 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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