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 (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Here's a Final Weather Update for Solar Eclipse Day (Aug. 21, 2017)
(August 19, 2017)
The 2017 solar eclipse is less than 24 hours away. Here are the most up-to-date weather forecasts for regions inside the path of totality.
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The Sun Is Literally Boiling, Releasing Balls of 'Hot Horror' Into Space
(August 19, 2017)
The Sun Is Literally Boiling, Releasing Balls of 'Hot Horror' Into Space
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Spotlight on Carbondale: Illinois Town Sits at Solar Eclipse 'Crossroads'
(August 19, 2017)
By pure cosmic coincidence, the town of Carbondale has found itself at the center of eclipse mania.
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Solar Eclipse 2017 in Carbondale: Space.com is at the Crossroads
(August 19, 2017)
Space.com's Tariq Malik hits the road to Carbondale with Live Science's Denise Chow to cover the celestial event of the year, if not the century.
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here Are the Best Live-Video Streams to Watch
(August 19, 2017)
Experience 2017's total solar eclipse virtually: Come Aug. 21, people outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or hoping to stay indoors have plenty of options to watch the celestial event live.
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Here Are the Most Amazing Things to Observe During a Solar Eclipse
(August 19, 2017)
All sorts of spooky and downright amazing things happen during a solar eclipse, and knowing what to look for makes the experience even better.
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)
(August 19, 2017)
On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Oregon to South Carolina. Here's what you need to know about this rare celestial show.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunset:  7:06 PM
Darkness:  8:33 PM - 5:17 AM
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

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 15
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 Leo for 37 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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