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

Lunar Eclipse (total)
Fred Lusk - 10/27/2004
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
The Truth About Astrological Signs
(October 21, 2016)
A news story began furiously circulating about a month ago about how NASA had just changed the signs of the Zodiac.
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ExoMars Lander Slammed Into Mars At Over 186 MPH - Crash Site Seen | Video
(October 20, 2016)
Europe's ExoMars lander's thrusters shut down prematurely, causing a free fall that was estimated to be between 1.2 to 2.5 miles (2 to 4 km). It was likely traveling more than 186 mph (300 km/h) when it impacted, with nearly a full tank.
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Europe's ExoMars 2016 Mars Landing: Complete Coverage
(October 20, 2016)
On Oct. 19, 2016, the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission is landing the Schiaparelli module on Mars while its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, begins its own mission around the Red Planet. See our full coverage.
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ExoMars In Photos: Schiaparelli Probe's Mars Landing Day
(October 20, 2016)
The European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Wednesday (Oct. 19). The Schiaparelli lander's fate is unclear, but its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter entered Mars orbit as planned.
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Looting Asteroids' Water Will Make Launches Cheaper
(October 20, 2016)
An asteroid mining concept could quickly deliver satellites to high orbit on the cheap.
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RIP, Schiaparelli: European Mars Lander's Crash Site Seen By NASA Probe
(October 20, 2016)
Europe's ExoMars lander apparently crashed on the Red Planet, and an orbiting NASA spacecraft has spotted its grave, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said.
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ExoMars '96 Percent' Successful Despite Lander Crash: ESA
(October 20, 2016)
The ExoMars 2016 mission gets a solid "A" thus far despite the failure of its Schiaparelli lander to touch down softly on the Red Planet as planned, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sunset:  6:05 PM
Darkness:  7:33 PM - 5:55 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sunset:  4:45 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:20 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:25 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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