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
Club Announcement
Due to a conflict with our assigned days for Glacier Point, our annual Star-B-Que has been pushed to the October 1 star party at Eastman Lake. Please update your calendars.
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Lagoon Nebula
Chad Quandt - 6/9/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
The Universe's First Galaxies May Light Up Its Dark Ages
(June 27, 2016)
A collection of newfound galaxies is illuminating how the early universe broke free from its Dark Ages. The family of galaxies may have played a role in the shift from a time when some light could not penetrate to an era of a transparent universe.
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World's Largest Plane Will Launch Rockets into Space
(June 27, 2016)
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has an alternative idea about how to pave a commercial highway to space.
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Up Close and Personal with Jupiter: A History of 9 Space Probes
(June 27, 2016)
NASA's Juno space probe is set to arrive at Jupiter on July 4, becoming the ninth probe to study the gas giant up close. Here is a brief history of the space probes that have explored this Jovian giant.
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Image of the Day
(June 27, 2016)
The test-firing of a booster for NASA's Space Launch System megarocket in March 2015 turned sand on the ground to glass. A similar test will take place on June 28, 2016.
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China Launches New Rocket, Prototype Crew Capsule
(June 26, 2016)
The Long March 7 rocket — which China developed in part to help build and service a crewed space station that the nation plans to have up and running by the early 2020s — blasted off on its maiden flight Saturday (June 25).
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Mars' Moons: Facts About Phobos & Deimos
(June 26, 2016)
The two small bodies that orbit the red planet raise a number of questions about the formation of the early solar system.
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Hyperion: Saturn's Spongy Moon
(June 26, 2016)
Hyperion is a potato-shaped moon of Saturn with an erratic rotation and eccentric orbit.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 1, 2016
End Date:  Monday, July 4, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:54 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, July 31, 2016
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunset:  8:08 PM
Darkness:  9:50 PM - 4:24 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 5, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, August 7, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sunset:  8:01 PM
Darkness:  9:40 PM - 4:32 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Gemini (Twins)
June 20 - July 20
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 Gemini for 31 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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