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

The Trifid Nebula
Scott Davis - 6/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
NASA Honors Veterans with Memorial Day Video
(May 29, 2016)
Americans are honoring the sacrifice of men and women in the U.S. armed forces on this Memorial Day holiday today (May 30), with NASA joining marking the occasion with a respectful new video.
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See Mars' Memorial Day Close-Up: Watch Live on Slooh Webcast
(May 29, 2016)
As Mars reaches its closest approach to Earth in more than a decade, you can watch the event live online through the Slooh Community Observatory.
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WATCH LIVE TONIGHT @ 9 pm ET: Mars Closest Approach Webcast by Slooh
(May 29, 2016)
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast on Monday (May 30) to webcast live views of Mars, which will make its closest approach to Earth in 11 years. You can watch it live here.
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Yearlong-Mission Astronaut Scott Kelly Honored at NYC's Fleet Week
(May 28, 2016)
Former astronaut Scott Kelly, who set the record for the longest sojourn in space for any American after his nearly yearlong mission ended in March, was honored at the Intrepid Museum's 25th annual Salute to Freedom gala yesterday (May 26).
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Mars Is Closest to Earth in 11 Years on Monday: What to Expect
(May 28, 2016)
Time to tune up your telescopes! Mars is at its closest approach to Earth in 11 years on Monday (May 30), providing a great closer to Memorial Day events.
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1st Inflatable Habitat for Astronauts All Pumped Up on Space Station
(May 27, 2016)
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are inflating the first privately built expandable space room today (May 26), adding another node to the orbiting outpost.
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SPACE WEBCASTS: NASA Inflating BEAM Space Station Habitat
(May 27, 2016)
NASA will attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module at the International Space Station for the second time on Saturday (May 28) at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). Watch live here, courtesy of NASA TV.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 3, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, June 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sunset:  8:16 PM
Darkness:  10:07 PM - 3:51 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 18, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Sunset:  8:24 PM
Darkness:  10:16 PM - 3:50 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 1, 2016
End Date:  Monday, July 4, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:54 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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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