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
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Moonbow Above
Scott Davis - 3/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Could Recent Supernova Explosions Have Caused Mass Extinctions on Earth?
(May 21, 2018)
Two nearby supernovae that exploded about 2.5 and eight million years ago could have resulted in a staggered depletion of Earth's ozone layer, leading to a variety of repercussions for life on Earth.
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Blastoff! How to See a Rocket Launch In Person This Summer
(May 21, 2018)
It's not just for the pros: With a little planning and flexibility, anybody can go watch a rocket blast off. Our in-depth guide goes through each of this summer's U.S. launch locations and dates.
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Sally Ride's Stamp: The Story of an Astronaut's Philatelic Portrait
(May 21, 2018)
A photo that Sally Ride autographed 35 years ago came to serve as the inspiration for her portrait on a new U.S. postage stamp commemorating her place in history as America's first woman in space.
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World’s First Commercial Airline | The Greatest Moments in Flight
(May 21, 2018)
The first scheduled passenger airline service took off from St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Photos: Space Age Postage Stamps Through History
(May 21, 2018)
Space exploration and astronomy have been immortalized in stamp form many times over the decades. See photos of of space-themed postage stamps from the United States and around the world here.
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NASA Satellites Track Unusual Changes in Earth's Water Supplies
(May 21, 2018)
Fresh water is changing around the world, and a new set of NASA satellite observations is helping scientists better understand why. The causes range from human activities to natural variations in the climate.
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Spectacular (and Weird) in This Juno Photo
(May 21, 2018)
A gorgeous photo by NASA's Juno spacecraft shows Jupiter as you've probably never seen it before.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Sunset:  8:19 PM
Darkness:  10:10 PM - 3:49 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 15, 2018
End Date:  Sunday, June 17, 2018
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sunset:  8:22 PM
Darkness:  10:14 PM - 3:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus 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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