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
2015 Calendars Still Available!
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the 2015 CVA Club Calendar, please use the board member contact system to contact Fred Lusk. Once these beautiful calendars are gone, they are gone!
Club Announcement
MARCH 7 PRESENTATION PREVIEW
Our March 7 club meeting will feature a presentation by club member Larry Parmeter, who will be giving a presentation titled "Mars - The Past, Present, and the Future", which will explore what Mars was like in the distant past, what it is now, and what it holds for the future, especially in terms of human exploration and settlement.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Orion Setting
Scott Davis - 3/22/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Curiosity Rover Drills into Mars Mountain Again (Photo)
(February 26, 2015)
Curiosity drilled into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Tuesday (Feb. 24), collecting sample powder for analysis by its onboard instruments. The rover has now drilled into three different rocks at the base of the towering Mount Sharp.
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NASA Probe Bound for Pluto Carries Piece of Pioneering SpaceShipOne
(February 26, 2015)
Inside New Horizons is a small piece of SpaceShipOne, the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to reach space twice within a period of 14 days. The feat, which SpaceShipOne accomplished in 2004, won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
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Rare 'Missing Link' Black Hole Apparently Found
(February 26, 2015)
A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. NGC-2276-3c, which lies about 100 million light-years from Earth, appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole.
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Catching a Fireball in the Cold
(February 26, 2015)
Sometimes, to catch fire you have to sit in the cold.
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Spinning 'Origami' Antenna Successfully Deployed In Space | Video
(February 25, 2015)
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission team deployed its spacecraft's large antenna on Feb. 24th, 2015. The mission will track and map soil moisture on Earth.
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Worldwide Precipitation Time-Lapsed From Satellite Data | Video
(February 25, 2015)
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite can measure global precipitation (rain and snow) every 30 minutes. The data has been transformed into high resolution imagery that tracks the movement of precipitation over the entire globe.
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Aided by Art, Theory of Life's Extra-Solar Origin Gets Boost
(February 25, 2015)
Did life come to Earth from the shattered rocks of a distant star?
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Sunset:  7:13 PM
Darkness:  8:40 PM - 5:34 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aquarius (Water Bearer)
February 16 - March 11
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 Aquarius for 24 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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