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

Open Cluster M52
Scott Davis - 8/3/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled by Software Glitch
(May 26, 2015)
LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane.
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For Astro Mice, Skin Ages Faster in Space
(May 26, 2015)
Despite the claims of many beauty creams, an "antigravity" environment may actually cause premature aging of the skin, according to a new study looking at mice that lived in space for three months.
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Wild Ride To Safety - SpaceX Dragon Pad Abort Test | On-Board Video
(May 26, 2015)
If the private space company’s Falcon booster were to fail, Dragon showed it can blast astronauts to safety during this test of May 8th, 2015. The capsule kicks from 0-100 MPH in 1.2 seconds – about 4G of acceleration.
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Pluto-bound Spacecraft Bringing Dwarf Planet into Focus (Photos)
(May 26, 2015)
NASA's New Horizons probe, which will make the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, captured the images with its long-range camera from May 8 through May 12, when the spacecraft was a bit less than 50 million miles from the dwarf planet.
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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures
(July 10, 2012)
See photos from NASA's New Horizons mission to explore the dwarf planet Pluto.
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Bubble Nebula Dazzles in Amateur Astronomer's Photo
(May 26, 2015)
This image of the Bubble Nebula was taken by astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha from London.
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Cosmic Fender-Bender Causes Brightening Black Hole | Video
(May 26, 2015)
The jet of shredded matter blasting from elliptical galaxy NGC 3862's supermassive black hole is moving at more than 98% the speed of light.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 19, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, June 21, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 27, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus 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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