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

Open Cluster M39
Scott Davis - 8/2/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Extreme Space Cuisine! Astronaut Whips Up 'Bite-Size Yumiosities'
(May 24, 2017)
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer has taken space cuisine to new heights.
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Saturn Solstice: Cassini Gets 'Ringside Seat' to Dramatic Seasonal Changes
(May 24, 2017)
The Cassini spacecraft at Saturn watched over the ringed planet's solstice yesterday (May 24), accomplishing the main goal of its second extended mission.
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Rocket Lab Electron Booster Falls Short in Debut Test Launch
(May 24, 2017)
The debut flight of Rocket Lab's miniature satellite launcher wasn't perfect, but the company is confident enough to proceed with plans for a second test launch this summer, founder and CEO Peter Beck said today (May 25).
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Black Hole Birth May Have Been Witnessed by Space Telescopes (Video)
(May 24, 2017)
The Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope’s along wiith the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) have been used to possibly spot a black hole born from a collapsing star. Story Developing…
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Mysteries at Jupiter: NASA's Juno Probe Reveals Cyclones, Auroras & Surprises
(May 24, 2017)
Huge cyclones rage near Jupiter's mysterious poles, and the giant planet's powerful auroras are fundamentally different from Earth's northern and southern lights, the first science results from NASA's Juno mission reveal.
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Listen Live Now! NASA Juno Mission's 1st Jupiter Science Results
(May 24, 2017)
Scientists with NASA's Jupiter-orbiting Juno mission will present their first detailed science results during a teleconference today (May 25) at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT). Listen live here at, courtesy of NASA.
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Star's Comet-Like Icy Debris Ring Captured in New Video, Images
(May 24, 2017)
A ring of icy debris in a young, nearby planetary system resembles comets found in our own solar system, new images reveal.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Sunset:  8:11 PM
Darkness:  9:59 PM - 3:56 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Sunset:  8:22 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:48 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 23, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Sunset:  8:24 PM
Darkness:  10:16 PM - 3:50 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus for 37 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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