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

M45- The Pleiades
Chad Quandt - 11/7/2015
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
On the Road Again: SpaceX Reuses Shuttle Transporter for Falcon Stages
(August 25, 2016)
SpaceX's new chariot for moving recovered rocket stages after they are returned to land is uniquely suited for the job, having already been used to carry reusable space vehicles for close to 30 years. NASA's former Orbiter Transporter System is back on th
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Atlas V to Launch Mars 2020 Rover
(August 25, 2016)
NASA's next Mars rover will fly on the same version of the launch vehicle that launched its predecessor, NASA announced Aug. 25.
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Venus and Jupiter Imagined: From Galileo to Science Fiction
(August 25, 2016)
Through the centuries, Venus and Jupiter have transformed in the public consciousness, thanks to science and science fiction.
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Saturday's Venus-Jupiter Encounter May Explain Bible's Star of Bethlehem
(August 25, 2016)
Could the fabled Star of Bethlehem have been a close conjunction between Venus and Jupiter? A similar conjunction will take place Saturday (Aug. 27).
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Juno Probe to Get 1st Up-Close Look at Jupiter Saturday
(August 25, 2016)
At 8:51 a.m. EDT (1251 GMT) on Saturday (Aug. 27), Juno will zoom within 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) of Jupiter's cloud tops — closer than the probe is scheduled to come during its entire mission, NASA officials said.
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This Weird Galaxy Is Actually 99.99 Percent Dark Matter
(August 25, 2016)
Astronomers have discovered a galaxy as big as the Milky Way that consists almost entirely of dark matter, a mysterious and invisible substance that scientists have been trying to figure out for decades.
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WATCH LIVE TONIGHT @ 8 pm ET: Proxima Centauri Webcast by Slooh
(August 25, 2016)
You can check out the nearby star Proxima Centauri — which hosts a newly discovered, potentially Earth-like planet — during a free webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory tonight (Aug. 26). The show begins at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Aug. 27).
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sunset:  7:35 PM
Darkness:  9:06 PM - 4:57 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, September 2, 2016
End Date:  Monday, September 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sunset:  7:25 PM
Darkness:  8:55 PM - 5:04 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 17, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunset:  6:43 PM
Darkness:  8:09 PM - 5:02 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 15
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 Leo for 37 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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