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

The Moon (22.1%)
Scott Davis - 5/14/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Astronauts Celebrate Autumn Equinox 2017 With One Last Aloha Friday
(September 21, 2017)
It's the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but the astronauts on the International Space Station wore summery Hawaiian shirts, and posed for some stylish photos.
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NASA's Earthquake 'Damage Map' Shows Destruction in Mexico
(September 21, 2017)
A new satellite-imagery map could help Mexico respond more effectively to Tuesday's (Sept. 19) powerful Raboso earthquake, which killed hundreds of people and damaged countless buildings.
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15 of the Most Bizarre Alien Species Featured in Star Trek
(September 21, 2017)
"Star Trek" is filled with unusual aliens, ranging from the humanoid to the crystalloid to the god-like. Here are some of the more unique species from the live-action series of "Star Trek."
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'Star Trek Discovery' Boldly Makes TV Debut on Sunday
(September 21, 2017)
After a 12-year gap between television series, "Star Trek" is finally coming back to a network television service.
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6 'Star Trek' Captains, Ranked from Worst to Best
(September 21, 2017)
The main "Star Trek" captains have so many diverse personalities, but Space.com does its best to rank everybody.
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Solar Eclipses: When Is the Next One?
(September 21, 2017)
Solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a solar eclipse? Why are there different kinds of solar eclipses? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
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Hurricane Maria Damages Parts of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory
(September 21, 2017)
Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has sustained some significant damage from Hurricane Maria, officials reported Friday (Sept. 22).
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Sunset:  6:55 PM
Darkness:  8:22 PM - 5:23 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunset:  6:15 PM
Darkness:  7:42 PM - 5:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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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