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)
 
Trump's Departing NASA Liaison Urges Careful Vetting of Crewed Test Flight Idea
(February 25, 2017)
The Trump administration's liaison to NASA, Greg Autry, is leaving his post. He urges careful study of an idea to launch astronauts on the first test flight of agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule.
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Moon Blocks (Most of) the Sun in 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse
(February 25, 2017)
A "ring of fire" appeared in the sky over parts of South America and Africa today (Feb. 26), during an annular solar eclipse.
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Skywatching Webcasts: Slooh 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse Show
(February 25, 2017)
The online astronomy service Slooh will provide a live webcast of the annular solar eclipse of Sunday, Feb. 26, and you can watch it live here, courtesy of Slooh.
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NASA to Turn Over Apollo 11 Moon Rock Bag to Auction Winner, Per Court Order
(February 25, 2017)
NASA, following a court order, will hand over a lunar sample bag to an Illinois woman who purchased the artifact at auction. The court's finding brings to an end an almost two-year dispute.
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United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars
(February 25, 2017)
The United Arab Emirates has the Red Planet in its sights, not only moving forward on a Mars orbiter but also establishing the first inhabitable human settlement on the planet by 2117.
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The Most Amazing Space Stories This Week!
(February 25, 2017)
Seven Earth-size alien planets were found in a solar system not that far away, SpaceX nailed another rocket launch and landing, and Pluto may have another chance at being a true planet. Here are some of the most amazing space stories of the week.
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Annular vs. Total Solar Eclipse - What’s The Difference? | Video
(February 24, 2017)
A total solar eclipse occurs when the entire disk of the Sun is covered by the Moon, as seen from Earth. An annular eclipse occurs when the lunar disk does not completely block the Sun.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Sunset:  7:17 PM
Darkness:  8:44 PM - 5:27 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aquarius (Water Bearer)
February 16 - March 11
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 Aquarius for 24 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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