President's Message
 
Welcome to the website of the Central Valley Astronomers! Astronomy is a wonderful hobby and profession, focusing on the study of the vastness of space beyond our planet. Depending on your level of expertise, it can be intimidating to wade through the variety of information and equipment available.
 
That, however, is exactly why we are here! Whether you just want to learn a few star and constellation names, or you want to photograph the heavens in their beauty, or anything in between, we can help you explore the options and make this fun hobby your own. Our membership comprises amateurs, professionals, and even teachers and professors. We have arranged a variety of activities to help you get to know us and learn about astronomy.
 
Our club meetings are a great way to meet our most active members face to face. Most meetings have an educational element, with a presentation by one of our members or a guest speaker, followed by coming events and general club business. Our dark sky star parties, typically at Eastman Lake, are the best way to learn about the various types of equipment available to amateur astronomers, be it a basic pair of binoculars or the many types of optics available today. We even do camping star parties up at Courtright Reservoir, for those who want to experience the darkest skies available in the area for multiple nights.
 
If you are wondering how to get started, please give one of us a call or send us an E-Mail. If you have an interest in space, we want to help you achieve your goals! Astronomy is a rewarding hobby and a wonderful adventure – we hope to see you soon!
 
Scott J. Davis, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC6946)
Scott Davis - 7/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
How a Government Shutdown Would Affect NASA
(January 18, 2018)
With the U.S. government just hours away from a potential shutdown as lawmakers struggle to agree on a new spending bill, more than 18,000 NASA employees around the country are bracing for the agency to temporarily shut down as well.
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Hubble Mission Commander, Spacewalker to Enter Astronaut Hall of Fame
(January 18, 2018)
Scott Altman, commander of the final space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, and spacewalker Thomas Jones, who helped install the U.S. laboratory on the International Space Station, will enter the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in April.
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After Delay, Rocket Lab to Attempt 2nd Electron Launch Today: How to Watch
(January 18, 2018)
Tonight (Jan. 19), the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab will once again attempt a second test launch of its small-scale Electron rocket.
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What Is the Biggest Thing in the Universe?
(January 18, 2018)
Earth and even the sun are puny compared to a mighty, hulking source of gamma-rays.
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Small Michigan Meteor Packed a Seismic Punch, Experts Say
(January 18, 2018)
The meteor that caused a huge fireball above the skies of southern Michigan Tuesday night (Jan. 16) was only a few feet in size, researchers have said, but its speed was enough to shake the ground as it exploded in the atmosphere.
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Watch Japan's Epsilon Rocket Launch the ASNARO-2 Radar Earth Satellite
(January 18, 2018)
A Japanese Epsilon rocket launched a new Earth-observation satellite into space this week, notching a third successful flight for the solid-fueled booster.
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In Photos: India's PSLV rocket Launches Cartosat-2 Satellite & 30 More!
(January 18, 2018)
On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched 31 satellites, making a comeback from a launch failure in August 2017. See photos from the Cartosat-2 satellite mission here!
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sunset:  5:13 PM
Darkness:  6:43 PM - 5:39 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sunset:  5:43 PM
Darkness:  7:10 PM - 5:18 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 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 Capricornus for 28 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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