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

NGC 6888
Jarrod McKnelly - 8/28/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
'The Martian' Misses Out on a Faster Way to Mars (Op-Ed)
(October 4, 2015)
If only "The Martian" knew: There's a faster way to get a supply ship to Mars.
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Rocker Grace Potter Gets Inspired By The Universe | CosMix Video Teaser
(October 4, 2015)
The grammy-nominated singer-songwriter talks to about her hit song "Stars" and the inspiration behind designing a cosmic-themed wardrobe for her new solo record "Midnight" and latest tour in support of it.
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Cosmic Suds: Huntsville Brewery Creates Space-Themed Beers
(October 4, 2015)
The Straight to Ale brewery, located in Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, incorporates NASA history into many of its beers.
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Mars' Missing Atmosphere Likely Lost in Space
(October 4, 2015)
A Martian atmosphere thick enough to allow constantly flowing water may have been lost to space rather than trapped by surface rocks, according to a recent study.
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October's Planets on Parade: How and When to See Them
(October 4, 2015)
Here's a guide for October skywatchers: First catch Saturn, then Jupiter, Mars and Venus, and finally Mercury in the night sky as this month's planetary parade begins.
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Best Night Sky Events of October 2015 (Stargazing Maps)
(October 4, 2015)
See what's up in the night sky for October 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, October 2015
(June 13, 2012)
Find out what's up in your night sky during October 2015 and how to see it in this stargazing guide.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sunset:  6:31 PM
Darkness:  7:57 PM - 5:38 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 24, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sunset:  4:51 PM
Darkness:  6:21 PM - 5:09 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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