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

Moonbow on Upper Yosemite Fall
Fred Lusk - 4/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Space Science Could Get Private-Funding Boost
(October 18, 2017)
There has been a surge in private resources dedicated to creating new commercial capabilities and initiating the next wave of space exploration — though not yet for discovery-driven scientific missions.
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Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List
(October 18, 2017)
Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
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Best Spaceflight and Space History Books
(October 18, 2017)
Here are Space.com writers' and editors' picks for spaceflight and space history books that dazzle.
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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More
(October 18, 2017)
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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Image of the Day
(October 18, 2017)
This may look like a nebula in deep space, but this glowing cloud was photographed in Earth's atmosphere. The photo was taken shortly after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched with 10 Iridium communications satellites.
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Best Space Books for Kids
(October 18, 2017)
Feed and inspire a kid's thirst for space with these book picks by Space.com's writers and editors.
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Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Weekend
(October 18, 2017)
Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunset:  6:15 PM
Darkness:  7:42 PM - 5:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunset:  4:49 PM
Darkness:  6:19 PM - 5:13 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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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