President's Message
 
Welcome to the website of the Central Valley Astronomers! Astronomy is a wonderful hobby and profession, focusing on the study of the vastness of space beyond our planet. Depending on your level of expertise, it can be intimidating to wade through the variety of information and equipment available.
 
That, however, is exactly why we are here! Whether you just want to learn a few star and constellation names, or you want to photograph the heavens in their beauty, or anything in between, we can help you explore the options and make this fun hobby your own. Our membership comprises amateurs, professionals, and even teachers and professors. We have arranged a variety of activities to help you get to know us and learn about astronomy.
 
Our club meetings are a great way to meet our most active members face to face. Most meetings have an educational element, with a presentation by one of our members or a guest speaker, followed by coming events and general club business. Our dark sky star parties, typically at Eastman Lake, are the best way to learn about the various types of equipment available to amateur astronomers, be it a basic pair of binoculars or the many types of optics available today. We even do camping star parties up at Courtright Reservoir, for those who want to experience the darkest skies available in the area for multiple nights.
 
If you are wondering how to get started, please give one of us a call or send us an E-Mail. If you have an interest in space, we want to help you achieve your goals! Astronomy is a rewarding hobby and a wonderful adventure – we hope to see you soon!
 
Scott J. Davis, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Courtright Star Trail #3
Scott Davis - 6/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Spectacular Photos: NASA Practices Orion Space Capsule Recovery at Sea
(November 15, 2018)
NASA set off for the Pacific Ocean to test recovery procedures for the agency's Orion capsule, which is destined to carry humans to the moon and beyond.
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The 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! Here's What to Expect
(November 15, 2018)
Come early Sunday morning (Nov. 18), the famous Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak, with lesser numbers expected on the preceding and following mornings.
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Russia Will Launch a Cargo Ship to the Space Station Today! Here's How to Watch.
(November 15, 2018)
Russia has prepared its next care package for astronauts onboard the International Space Station in a shipment scheduled to blast off today (Nov. 16).
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On This Day in Space! Nov. 16, 1974: Arecibo Observatory Broadcasts Interstellar Message
(November 15, 2018)
On Nov. 16, 1974, humans sent their first message to the stars in an attempt to contact extraterrestrials. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
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In Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Es'hail-2 Satellite, Then Lands Back on Earth
(November 15, 2018)
On Nov. 15, 2018, SpaceX launched a used Falcon 9 rocket carrying a satellite for Qatar, then returned the booster's first stage to Earth for a pinpoint landing. See photos from the awesome launch here!
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Image of the Day
(November 15, 2018)
A vapor cone forms around the nose of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in this amazing photo from the Nov. 15, 2018 launch of the Es'Hail-2 communications satellite from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Signal Blip Sparks False Alarm for NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars
(November 15, 2018)
No, NASA's Opportunity rover has not awakened from its long slumber on Mars.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:29 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Libra (Scales)
October 31 - November 22
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 Libra for 23 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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