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

Yosemite Star Trails
Fred Lusk - 4/26/2015
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Not Aliens: Weird Radio Signal from Star Likely Has Duller Explanation
(July 20, 2017)
A strange radio signal that seemed to emanate from a small nearby star probably came from Earth-orbiting satellites, astronomers said.
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The Best Space-Themed Gear for Back to School 2017
(July 20, 2017)
Get a head start on back-to-school shopping for your little space cadet with these space-themed school supplies and more!
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Target's Space-Based Cotton Challenge Aims for Sustainable Farming on Earth
(July 20, 2017)
Can space-based experiments help make cotton a more sustainable plant on Earth? A new science challenge will offer researchers up to $1 million in funding to find out.
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'We Don't Planet' Episode 13: Spiral Galaxies
(July 20, 2017)
There are many spiral galaxies in the universe, including our own Milky Way. Learn all about these gorgeous structures in the 13th episode of the astrophysics-explainer video series "We Don't Planet."
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Old NASA Computers, Tapes Found in Dead Man's Basement
(July 20, 2017)
Two huge, Apollo-era NASA computers and more than 300 data-recording tapes were found in the basement of a dead engineer in late 2015, according to media reports.
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Image of the Day
(July 20, 2017)
As the Hubble Space Telescope was checking out Mars, it captured this view of the moon Phobos emerging from behind the Red Planet in its orbit.
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)
(July 20, 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)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 21, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, July 23, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sunset:  8:15 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM - 4:14 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Sunset:  7:55 PM
Darkness:  9:31 PM - 4:39 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, August 20, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sunset:  7:46 PM
Darkness:  9:20 PM - 4:47 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Cancer (Crab)
July 21 - August 9
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 Cancer for 20 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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