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
New Year, New Website Design!
Welcome to the new Central Valley Astronomers website! Our site has been re-tooled to be more useful and informative. Our Maps and Directions feature has better details on how to find our event locations. Check out the "Event Types" section for information on our various events. The "Education" section contains interesting reading about astronomical subjects (with more articles arriving shortly), and the "Downloads" section has many resources for you to enjoy. Welcome!
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!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Cocoon Nebula
Chad Quandt - 8/24/2014
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
New Horizons: Exploring Pluto and Beyond
(November 6, 2012)
The New Horizons spacecraft is expected to reach the dwarf planet Pluto in 2015
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Found! 5 Ancient Alien Planets Nearly As Old As the Universe
(January 26, 2015)
The newfound exoplanets circle a star that's 11.2 billion years old and are all Venus-size or smaller. They are, therefore, all rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition.
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WATCH LIVE THURSDAY: NASA Launches SMAP Soil Moisture Satellite @ 9:20 am ET
(October 5, 2012)
NASA is due to launch its SMAP satellite designed to measure moisture in Earth's soils at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) on Thursday (Jan. 29) from California. You can watch live coverage of the launch starting at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT).
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy To Be Reusable, Animation Reveals
(January 26, 2015)
Slated to be the world’s most powerful rocket when it flies, Falcon Heavy will attempt to return it’s core stage and boosters for rapid refurbishment and reuse. SpaceX is confident its accuracy will be sufficient to park the booster elements on land
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Dwarf Planet Ceres Reveals Tantalizing Details in Best Photos Yet
(January 26, 2015)
Tantalizing new images of the nearest dwarf planet to Earth are revealing never-before-seen surface features of the mysterious space rock.
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NASA Mars Plan Criticized in Kickstarter Project, 'Fight for Space'
(January 26, 2015)
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
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Surprise! Water Once Flowed on Huge Asteroid Vesta
(January 26, 2015)
Vesta was once thought to be dry, but gullies on the walls of impact craters suggest that water flowed briefly on the protoplanet's surface in the relatively recent past.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sunset:  5:46 PM
Darkness:  7:13 PM - 5:14 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 15
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 Capricornus for 28 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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