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

Bode's Wide Field
Jarrod McKnelly - 5/10/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Houston, We Have a Spaceport: FAA Gives 'Space City' License for Launches
(July 1, 2015)
The Houston airport where astronauts have departed on training flights for more than 50 years is now host to the United States' 10th commercial spaceport. Ellington Airport was granted a launch site license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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Pluto Has Strange 'Finger Print-Like' Marks In New Color Imagery | Video
(July 1, 2015)
The latest New Horizons' data pouring into NASA servers on Earth has returned color and black & white images of Pluto and Charon and more. The strange dark spots, seen in the approximate true color view, are oddly very similar.
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Best Telescopes for Kids 2015 - Preschool and Up
(July 1, 2015)
Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for kids, and the right telescope can drive an interest in astronomy for a lifetime.
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Pluto Probe's Hazard Search Turns Up No New Moons
(July 1, 2015)
The New Horizons probe has spotted no signs of rings or additional moons in the Pluto system, so the spacecraft will remain on its original trajectory when it zooms past the dwarf planet on July 14, NASA officials announced Wednesday (July 2).
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Astrobiology Students Use Art to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
(July 1, 2015)
An undergraduate astrobiology professor uses art to strengthen her student's critical thinking skills. A new paper details her unique teaching approach.
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New Horizons Spots Methane Ice on Pluto
(July 1, 2015)
With less than two weeks until its close encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizon's probe has detected methane ice on the surface of the dwarf planet. Methane was first discovered on Pluto in 1976.
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WATCH LIVE @ 12:55 a.m. ET Tonight: Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station
(October 5, 2012)
Russia's Progress 60 freighter is scheduled to blast off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday (0455 GMT). Watch it live here at Space.com beginning at 12:30 a.m. EDT.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 17, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sunset:  8:18 PM
Darkness:  10:05 PM - 4:09 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 14, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, August 16, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunset:  7:52 PM
Darkness:  9:27 PM - 4:42 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Gemini (Twins)
June 20 - July 20
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 Gemini for 31 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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