President's Message
 
Welcome to the website of the Central Valley Astronomers! Astronomy is a wonderful hobby and profession, focusing on the study of the vastness of space beyond our planet. Depending on your level of expertise, it can be intimidating to wade through the variety of information and equipment available.
 
That, however, is exactly why we are here! Whether you just want to learn a few star and constellation names, or you want to photograph the heavens in their beauty, or anything in between, we can help you explore the options and make this fun hobby your own. Our membership comprises amateurs, professionals, and even teachers and professors. We have arranged a variety of activities to help you get to know us and learn about astronomy.
 
Our club meetings are a great way to meet our most active members face to face. Most meetings have an educational element, with a presentation by one of our members or a guest speaker, followed by coming events and general club business. Our dark sky star parties, typically at Eastman Lake, are the best way to learn about the various types of equipment available to amateur astronomers, be it a basic pair of binoculars or the many types of optics available today. We even do camping star parties up at Courtright Reservoir, for those who want to experience the darkest skies available in the area for multiple nights.
 
If you are wondering how to get started, please give one of us a call or send us an E-Mail. If you have an interest in space, we want to help you achieve your goals! Astronomy is a rewarding hobby and a wonderful adventure – we hope to see you soon!
 
Scott J. Davis, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Club Announcement
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE YOUNG ASTRONOMERS PROGRAM!
We are excited and pleased to announce that we are taking applications for the 2019 program year of the Young Astronomers Program. This one-year program is designed to teach young minds what they need to know to be an active amateur astronomer.
 
Completers of this program will receive their own 6-Inch Dobsonian telescope! Please head over to the "Young Astronomers Program" menu to get started and find out more. Use the "Contact Us" page to contact the Education Coordinator if you have any questions. To be considered, applications must be RECEIVED by October 31!
 
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)
 
Astronaut Trump? Ivanka Says She Wanted to Go to Space in NASA Visit
(September 23, 2018)
While Ivanka Trump has a high-profile job advising her father, the president of the United States, she told the International Space Station Expedition 56 crew Thursday (Sept. 20) that she had different childhood ambitions.
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'Personal Space': Museum Exhibits Astronauts' Spaceflight Mementos
(September 23, 2018)
A comic strip beagle shares space with a romantic novel and an iconic starship in a new exhibit that asks the public to consider: What would you pack if you were leaving Earth?
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More
(September 23, 2018)
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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How Do Flat-Earthers Explain the Equinox? We Investigated.
(September 23, 2018)
Flat-Earthers try to explain the equinox, and the results are as odd as you'd expect.
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Image of the Day
(September 23, 2018)
Green auroras shimmy over Earth in this nighttime view from a window of the International Space Station.
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Planet Earth Wobbles As It Spins, and Now Scientists Know Why
(September 23, 2018)
Turns out, humans are shifting the planet's spin.
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Here Comes Fall: Harvest Moon 2018 Rises Tonight!
(September 23, 2018)
With unseasonably warm summer temperatures persisting over much of the world this year, it seems hard to believe that this is the week of the Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Sunset:  6:36 PM
Darkness:  8:02 PM - 5:35 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 27, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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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