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

The Moon (69.6%)
Scott Davis - 5/19/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
NASA's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast
(August 26, 2015)
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
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Parachute Failure Success! NASA Drop Tests Orion Capsule Over Arizona | Video
(August 26, 2015)
One drogue and one main parachute were intentionally Not deployed in the 'failure scenario.' Orion passed with flying colors. The next generation NASA capsule was dropped over the Arizona desert on Aug. 26th, 2015.
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Photos Show How NASA Removed Tanks from Retired Space Shuttles for Station
(August 26, 2015)
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
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Is NASA Serious About Humans To Mars? | Video
(August 26, 2015)
3 tough questions for NASA's Jim Green, Director, Planetary Science Division: Will private industry put astronauts on Mars before NASA? Can roving robots do it better? Does NASA really want the SLS? [Space Launch System]
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'Radio Phoenix' Rises From Galaxy Cluster Collision Ashes | Video
(August 26, 2015)
Millions of years ago, streams of high energy electrons erupted from the supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy cluster Abell 1033.
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Scientists Send Kombucha to Space in Search for Extraterrestrial Life
(August 26, 2015)
Kombucha is going to space: Scientists are testing the survival techniques of the microorganisms that are used to make the popular health drink.
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'Xombie' Rocket Got Brains! Proves New Mars Landing System | Video
(August 26, 2015)
Masten Space Systems, in collaboration with NASA, successfully flew the Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) on its XA-0.1B rocket. This public-private partnership will increase landing precision on planets.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sunset:  7:13 PM
Darkness:  8:41 PM - 5:12 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 19, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sunset:  6:31 PM
Darkness:  7:57 PM - 5:38 AM

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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