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

Courtright Star Trail #1
Scott Davis - 6/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Eugene Cernan's Legacy: Apollo 17 Commander's Footprints Still on the Moon
(January 16, 2017)
The tracks Cernan — who died Monday (Jan. 16) at age 82 — and Apollo 17 crewmate Harrison Schmitt made on the moon's surface in December 1972 are still visible today.
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Turtle the Size of 2 Earths: Stunning Sunspot Revealed in New Radio Images
(January 16, 2017)
A shadowy turtle twice the size of Earth swims across the sun in new images from the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, viewing the sun for the first time and documenting the area right above its visible surface.
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'An Outstanding Crewmate': Gene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon, Remembered
(January 16, 2017)
The death of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, elicited remembrances from his fellow Apollo astronauts and those working to follow in his lunar bootprints. "He was an outstanding crewmate," wrote Apollo 17 lunar module pilot Harrison Schmit
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Giant Mystery Wave Spotted in Atmosphere of Venus
(January 16, 2017)
A huge wave has been spotted in the upper atmosphere of Venus, baffling scientists because it's staying so still.
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Video: Huge Rocket's Tank Test Stand Rises to the Sky
(January 16, 2017)
A giant rocket-tank test stand rises to the sky in a new video released by NASA. The agency showed off the two-year time lapse as part of an announcement that construction is complete on the stand.
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In His Own Words: Gene Cernan on Being the Last Man on the Moon
(January 16, 2017)
The late Gene Cernan had a lot to be nostalgic about, but his thoughts were by no means trapped in the past.
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Gene Cernan's 'Most Memorable' Footprints - 'The Last Man on the Moon' Clip
(January 16, 2017)
"Walking up the ladder was one of the most memorable moments for me because I looked down on my footprints and I knew I wasn't coming this way again," said Apollo 17 commander Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunset:  5:22 PM
Darkness:  6:51 PM - 5:35 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Sunset:  5:51 PM
Darkness:  7:17 PM - 5:08 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Sagittarius (Archer)
December 18 - January 18
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 Sagittarius for 32 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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