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
Club Announcement
STAR-B-QUE DATE CHANGED
Due to a conflict with our assigned days for Glacier Point, our annual Star-B-Que has been pushed to the October 1 star party at Eastman Lake. Please update your calendars.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

M8-M24 Region
Fred Lusk - 7/17/2004
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Asteroid Defense: Scanning the Sky for Threats From Space
(July 27, 2016)
NASA and other organizations do regular scans of the sky to catalog any small bodies that are at risk of crashing into our planet.
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WATCH LIVE @ 8 am and 8 pm ET THURSDAY: Slooh Webcasts about Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower
(July 26, 2016)
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast Thursday (July 28) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Friday) about the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which peaks overnight Thursday to Friday (July 29).
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The Spacecraft Designs of Arthur C. Clarke (Space.com Exclusive)
(July 26, 2016)
It's the year 2099. What do spaceships look like? The great science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke had some pretty visionary — yet surprisingly realistic — ideas.
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Star Lash! White Dwarf Literally Whipping Red Dwarf | Video
(July 26, 2016)
A red dwarf star is being 'lashed' with high speed electrons that are emanating from a nearby white dwarf star in binary system AR Scorpii.
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WATCH LIVE @ 8:17 am ET THURSDAY: Atlas V Rocket Launching Spy Satellite
(July 26, 2016)
The spy satellite NROL-61 is scheduled to launch on Thursday (July 28) at 8:37 a.m. EDT (1237 GMT) atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Watch live here, beginning at 8:17 a.m. EDT, courtesy of United Launch Alliance.
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Also Red Hot, Study Shows
(July 26, 2016)
The hottest-known temperatures in Jupiter's atmosphere have been observed above the Great Red Spot (GRS), suggesting the ginormous Jovian storm may be fueling the extreme heat observed in the planet's upper atmosphere, new research shows.
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Whip It Good! Star's Radiation Beam Sparks Cosmic Light Show
(July 26, 2016)
Move over, Devo! An exotic, newly discovered star is whipping its companion with radiation, making the whole system pulse like an '80s power- pop dance party.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, July 31, 2016
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunset:  8:08 PM
Darkness:  9:50 PM - 4:24 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 5, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, August 7, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sunset:  8:01 PM
Darkness:  9:40 PM - 4:32 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 13, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sunset:  7:35 PM
Darkness:  9:06 PM - 4:57 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, September 2, 2016
End Date:  Monday, September 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sunset:  7:25 PM
Darkness:  8:55 PM - 5:04 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Cancer (Crab)
July 21 - August 9
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 Cancer for 20 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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