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

The Wild Duck Cluster (M11)
Scott Davis - 7/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
MAVEN: NASA's Orbiter Mission to Mars — Mission Details
(July 18, 2018)
NASA's Mars probe is expected to study the atmosphere of the Red Planet in amazing new detail.
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More
(July 18, 2018)
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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Star Wars: Clone Wars Revived for Surprise Seventh Season
(July 18, 2018)
The animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for a surprise seventh season on the upcoming Disney streaming service.
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Young Star May Be Devouring a Planet
(July 18, 2018)
Researchers at NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory may have watched a young star devouring a planet.
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Take a Virtual Walk on the Moon in New York City!
(July 18, 2018)
Forty-nine years after Neil Armstrong took his first "small step" on the lunar surface, Samsung has brought his "giant leap for mankind" down to Earth by launching an out-of-this-world virtual-reality experience in New York City.
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Dazzling Views Show Saturn Moon Titan's Surface Like Never Before
(July 18, 2018)
The mysterious surface of Saturn's huge moon Titan comes into gloriously sharp focus in newly released photos captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Tiny Satellite Begins Hunt for Missing Milky-Way Matter
(July 18, 2018)
A tiny satellite has started investigating the halo of incredibly hot gas surrounding the Milky Way — and it could help scientists track down the huge amount of missing matter in the universe.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Sunset:  8:04 PM
Darkness:  9:44 PM - 4:29 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 10, 2018
End Date:  Sunday, August 12, 2018
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Sunset:  7:56 PM
Darkness:  9:33 PM - 4:38 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Gemini (Twins)
June 20 - July 20
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 Gemini for 31 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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