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
Club Announcement
MAY 21 PRESENTATION PREVIEW
Our club meeting on May 21 will feature member, club historian, and newsletter editor Larry Parmeter. His presentation, "Edwin Hubble - The Reality and the Myth", should contain lots of interesting information. We hope to see you there!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Planet Dancing
Scott Davis - 5/26/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea Again
(May 5, 2016)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket settled softly onto the deck of SpaceX's robotic "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT) on Friday (May 6) during the successful launch of a commercial communications satellite.
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SpaceX Lands Again! First Stage On Droneship Despite Extreme Velocities | Video
(May 5, 2016)
The private spaceflight company landed their Falcon 9 first stage again on their 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship on April 6th, 2016. They didn't have high hopes for its landing due to the velocities and high heating the rocket experienced.
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Photos: SpaceX Launches JCSAT-14 Satellite, Lands Rocket at Sea
(May 5, 2016)
SpaceX launched the JCSAT-14 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 6, 2016, and also landed the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket on a "drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean. See photos here.
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SpaceX Launches Japanese Satellite From Cape Canaveral | Video
(May 4, 2016)
The private space launched the JCSAT 14 communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. or Tokyo. at 1:21am EST on May 6th, 2016. SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on their droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
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WATCH LIVE NOW: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Webcast by Slooh
(May 4, 2016)
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast tonight (May 5) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT) to highlight and discuss the peak of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Watch live here, courtesy of Slooh.
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WATCH LIVE NOW: SpaceX to Launch JCSAT-14 Satellite, Land Rocket @ 1:21 am ET
(May 4, 2016)
Early Friday, May 6, SpaceX will launch the JCSAT-14 satellite for Japan's SKY Perfect JSAT Corportation, with liftoff set for 1:21 a.m. EDT (1521 GMT).
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NASA Facility Dedicated to Mathematician Katherine Johnson
(May 4, 2016)
NASA honored the 97-year-old mathematician Katherine Johnson today by dedicating a building in her name at the space agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Sunset:  7:55 PM
Darkness:  9:35 PM - 4:18 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 21, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 3, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, June 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sunset:  8:16 PM
Darkness:  10:07 PM - 3:51 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 18, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
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 Aries for 25 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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