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)
 
Elon Musk Wants to Computerize Your Brain
(March 27, 2017)
Neuralink will aim to link the human brain to digital devices.
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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope: Hubble's Cosmic Successor
(March 27, 2017)
Everything you need to know about NASA's Big Bang-probing space telescope.
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NASA Launches Massive Digital Library for Space Video, Photos & Audio
(March 27, 2017)
NASA has launched a new online library that assembles all of the space agency's amazing photos, videos and audio files into a single searchable library. Here's how it works.
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Europe's ExoMars Rover Will Land in 1 of These 2 Spots on Mars in 2021
(March 27, 2017)
Mission managers have narrowed the landing-site candidates for the ExoMars 2020 rover down to two finalists, European Space Agency (ESA) officials announced today (March 28).
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Record-Breaker! Heftiest and Purest 'Failed Star' Identified
(March 27, 2017)
An ancient brown dwarf about 750 light-years from Earth is the most massive and purest such "failed star" ever discovered, a new study suggests.
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NASA Scientist's Tabletop 'Constellations' Game Passes Fundraising Goal
(March 27, 2017)
A new board game, currently raising money on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, encourages kids to learn about constellations and the types of stars that make up the whimsical designs.
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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More
(March 27, 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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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunset:  7:48 PM
Darkness:  8:49 PM - 5:20 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 13, 2017
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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