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
GADGET NIGHT AT JANUARY MEETING!
It is common for us to acquire new astronomy equipment during the holidays, whether from ourselves or from others. Bring and show off the new gadgets and toys Santa brought you in 2017!
Club Announcement
2018 EVENT CALENDAR POSTED!
We have posted our calendar of events for 2018! Head on over to the Calendar page for more information!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

The Whirlpool Galaxy
Scott Davis - 6/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Rhea Retrospective: Cassini Probe's Last View of Battered Saturn Moon
(December 14, 2017)
Rhea, an icy cratered moon that provided the first direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere in the Saturn system, shines in its final image by the Cassini spacecraft.
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What Force Created These Bizarre Cubes in Antarctica's Ice?
(December 14, 2017)
It's not aliens.
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Spy Satellites Reveal Ancient Lost Empires in Afghanistan
(December 14, 2017)
Spy satellite and drone imagery is revealing ancient Silk Road outposts and other lost archeological treasures in the treacherous deserts of Afghanistan.
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Why Don't We Have a 'Star Wars' Hyperdrive Yet?
(December 14, 2017)
When "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens Friday (Dec. 15), more than likely you're going to see at least one ship using a hyperspace drive to travel faster than the speed of light.
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'Star Wars' Gear Soars on SpaceX Falcon Rocket As 'The Last Jedi' Launches
(December 14, 2017)
"Star Wars"-themed mission patches lifted off on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station today (Dec. 15), the same day "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" launched into movie theaters.
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Later, Vader! Watch Blue Origin Fly 'Mannequin Skywalker' to Space and Back
(December 14, 2017)
When Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launched the first test flight of its New Shepard Crew Capsule 2.0 this week, it had a very special passenger aboard: a dummy named "Mannequin Skywalker."
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In Photos: SpaceX Launches Used Falcon 9 Rocket, Dragon Capsule on CRS-13
(December 14, 2017)
SpaceX launched its 13th cargo delivery to the International Space Station with both a reused Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship. See photos of the rocket's launch and landing.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sunset:  4:45 PM
Darkness:  6:18 PM - 5:34 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, January 6, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunset:  5:05 PM
Darkness:  6:37 PM - 5:41 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sunset:  5:13 PM
Darkness:  6:43 PM - 5:39 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Ophiuchus (Serpent Bearer)
November 30 - December 17
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 Ophiuchus for 18 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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