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
Club Announcement
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN INFORMATION
Because our observing events take place on land managed by federal agencies, our club is impacted by government shutdowns. Below is the status of our two most-used observing areas:
 
Eastman Lake: Open
Big Stump: Open
 
NOTE: The above is based on information found on websites or in the news. We cannot guarantee it is up to date at all times. If you visit either of these locations and find a different status, please contact the webmaster.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Moonbow on Upper Yosemite Fall
Fred Lusk - 4/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
NASA Switches Astronaut on Boeing's 1st Crewed Starliner Spacecraft Test Flight
(January 21, 2019)
NASA has announced a crew change for Boeing Starliner's first crewed flight, assigning veteran astronaut Mike Fincke to the flight after Eric Boe was pulled for medical reasons.
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How Flat-Earthers Explain Total Lunar Eclipses
(January 21, 2019)
The blood-red color of the moon during a total lunar eclipse may be difficult to explain without a basic understanding of orbital mechanics, but flat-Earthers have come up with a way to circumvent scientific facts and construct a creative explanation.
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Watch a Meteor Smack the Blood Moon in This Lunar Eclipse Video!
(January 21, 2019)
This weekend's stunning lunar eclipse seems to have come with a little extra flash, thanks to a brilliant coincidence — a burst of light at about the time totality began, marking the end of a meteorite's journey to the moon.
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NASA Research Center Inspires NBA All-Star Paul George's New Nike Sneakers
(January 21, 2019)
A professional basketball player's personal connection to NASA has given rise to a new pair of sneakers.
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Miss the 2019 Blood Moon? Here's When the Next Lunar and Solar Eclipses Will Occur
(January 21, 2019)
Skywatchers wowed by the spectacular "blood moon" eclipse last night (Jan. 20) are probably asking, "When do we get an encore?"
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Space Calendar 2019: Launches, Sky Events & More
(January 21, 2019)
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecraft already in travel.
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Image of the Day
(January 21, 2019)
The Super Blood Wolf Moon peeks out from behind some foliage in this image taken by astrophotographer Yuri Beletsky in Santiago, Chile.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Sunset:  5:26 PM
Darkness:  6:55 PM - 5:32 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Sunset:  5:55 PM
Darkness:  7:22 PM - 5:02 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Sunset:  6:02 PM
Darkness:  7:28 PM - 4:53 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 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 Capricornus for 28 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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