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
INTRO TO VISUAL ASTRONOMY
COMING SPRING 2015
Are you new to astronomy? Would you like to become familiar with the night sky and meet others with the same interest? If so, we encourage you to check out and sign up for our Spring 2015 Introduction to Visual Astronomy program.
 
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Club Announcement
APRIL 4 PRESENTATION PREVIEW
Our April 4 club meeting, in addition to covering club business, will feature two presentations by club member Scott Davis - a short presentation of the past three months of astrophotography, and a keynote presentation titled "Apollo - The Other Five Landings", which will detail the people and accomplishments related to Apollo missions 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Lunar Eclipse (in progress)
Fred Lusk - 5/15/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
On Comet, Philae Lander Still Silent as Europe Keeps Listening
(March 25, 2015)
The first spacecraft to make a soft-landing on a comet is still quiet on the dusty cosmic body, despite being hailed by another probe orbiting the lander.
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One Year in Space: A History of Ultra-Long Missions Off Planet Earth
(March 25, 2015)
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are set to make history as the first crewmembers to spend a year onboard the International Space Station, but the two are not the first to log 12 months off the planet.
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One-Year Mission to the International Space Station: Latest News
(January 14, 2015)
NASA and Russia are launching a joint one year mission to the International Space Station. NASA's Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will blast off to the orbiting outpost on March 27, 2015 EDT.
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The Yearlong Space Station Mission: Full Coverage
(March 25, 2015)
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to begin their unprecedented one-year mission to the International Space Station on Friday (March 27).
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One-Year Mission Cosmonaut - Russian Spaceflight Heritage | Video
(March 25, 2015)
Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year aboard the International Space Station. He talks about his father, a Russian military helicopter pilot that was part of search and rescue teams for the country's first cosmonauts.
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Dark Matter Probably Isn't a Mirror Universe, Colliding Galaxies Suggest
(March 25, 2015)
Dark matter living in galaxy clusters doesn't splatter when the galaxies collide, according to new research. The finding suggests dark matter particles, whatever they are, are not part of a "dark sector" that mirrors our own universe.
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Moon's Iron Core May Reveal Solar System Secrets with X-Ray Scan
(March 25, 2015)
The iron heart of Earth's moon has been measured more precisely than ever before. In a new study, scientists used X-rays to study the type of iron likely presence in our lunar companion's core.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
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
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sunset:  7:38 PM
Darkness:  9:10 PM - 4:48 AM
Downing Planetarium Solar Viewing
     @ Downing Planetarium

Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 25, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Pisces (Fish)
March 12 - April 18
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 Pisces for 38 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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