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

Sagittarius
Fred Lusk - 7/25/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Watch Live Monday! SpaceX to Launch US Spy Satellite @ 7 am ET
(April 29, 2017)
On Monday, May 1, SpaceX will launch the classified satellite NROL-76 for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office and you can watch it live here. Liftoff is set for 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT).
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Rocket Sensor Glitch Scrubs SpaceX's First Spy Satellite Launch
(April 29, 2017)
SpaceX has pushed back its first launch of a U.S military satellite for Monday (May 1) after a sensor issue triggered a 24-hour delay on Sunday (April 30).
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SpaceX Breaks Up US Spy Satellite Launch Monopoly | Video
(April 28, 2017)
When the private spaceflight company launches the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite, designated NROL-76, a 10-year stretch where every U.S. military and national security satellite was launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA) will end.
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Watch SpaceX Launch a Military Spy Satellite for 1st Time Sunday
(April 28, 2017)
Breaking a 10-year monopoly by United Launch Alliance (ULA), SpaceX will launch a satellite into orbit on a classified mission this morning (April 28) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Braille Guide Gives Users a Feel for 2017 Solar Eclipse
(April 28, 2017)
A new tactile guide lets everyone learn more about the upcoming 2017 total solar eclipse — even people who won't be able see it.
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Watch Astronauts Play Ping-Pong with Water in Ultra-HD
(April 28, 2017)
In the first live 4k video stream from the International Space Station on Wednesday (April 26), NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer wowed viewers by playing with water in zero-G.
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'Grand Finale' at Saturn Begins: Cassini Spacecraft's 1st Ring Dive in Pictures
(April 28, 2017)
On April 26, 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft swooped through the space between Saturn and its rings. Here are the first photos from the epic encounter.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 13, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Sunset:  8:11 PM
Darkness:  9:59 PM - 3:56 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
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 Aries for 25 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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