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

Moonbow on Upper Yosemite Fall
Fred Lusk - 4/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
One of the Oldest and Most Distant Objects in the Universe Has Been Discovered
(November 19, 2017)
A star-forming galaxy 12.8 billion light-years away offers insight into the early days of our universe after the Big Bang roughly 13.7 billion years ago.
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'Others Will Follow' Short: Q&A with Filmmaker Spotlights Mars Mission Gone Wrong
(November 19, 2017)
Space is a glamorous place to work, but for astronauts it is also a dangerous environment. A new sci-fi short called "Others Will Follow" beautifully shows that tension. Space.com spoke with filmmaker Andrew Finch.
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International Campaign Will Monitor Fall of China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab
(November 19, 2017)
Skywatchers are on the lookout for China's Tiangong-1 space lab — and the seeing is good.
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Watch Mars 2020 Rover's Parachute Successfully Unfurl in Test Flight (Video)
(November 19, 2017)
Amazing new video of a Mars-bound parachute shows the special device unfurling faster than the speed of sound.
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'Close Encounters' Turns 40: Why Its Legacy Has Endured for Ages
(November 19, 2017)
Mashed potatoes are one of the most enduring memories for SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak as he thinks back to his first viewing of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" four decades ago.
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Wow! 1st Interstellar Asteroid Is a Spinning Space Cigar
(November 19, 2017)
The interstellar asteroid that zoomed past Earth last month is like nothing we’ve seen before, new observations reveal.
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Kids' Rocket Science Book Blasts Past Kickstarter Goal
(November 19, 2017)
While rocket science is notoriously tough to understand, a new book by an aerospace engineer shows it can be explained in a simple way.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sunset:  4:45 PM
Darkness:  6:18 PM - 5:34 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Libra (Scales)
October 31 - November 22
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 Libra for 23 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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