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

Lunar Eclipse (total)
Fred Lusk - 10/27/2004
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Stephen Hawking Is Still Afraid of Aliens
(September 23, 2016)
The famed astrophysicist has repeated his warning about humanity's potential first contact with intelligent aliens.
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160-Day Mars Mission Simulation Kicks Off in Utah
(September 23, 2016)
A 160-day-long simulated Red Planet mission began today (Sept. 24) at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a facility in the Utah desert operated by nonprofit group The Mars Society.
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SpaceX Falcon Accident Investigation Points to Breach in Rocket's Helium System
(September 23, 2016)
Investigators have traced the explosion that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 on the pad Sept. 1 to a "large breach" in the helium system in the rocket’s second stage, although the root cause of the accident remains unknown.
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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
(September 23, 2016)
See the best photos on this week.
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The Most Amazing Space Stories This Week!
(September 23, 2016)
China launched a new space lab, a new 3D map of more than a billion stars was released, and a gigantic meteorite was hauled out of the ground in Argentina. These are our picks for the best space stories of the week.
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Lawmakers Propose Memorial for Apollo 1 Astronauts at Arlington Cemetery
(September 22, 2016)
Three NASA astronauts who died in a fire on the launch pad may be honored with a new monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Apollo 1 Memorial Act seeks to recognize 50 years since the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
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Pluto's 'Heart' Hints at Deep, Underground Ocean
(September 22, 2016)
A new simulation of how Pluto got its "heart" reveals that the dwarf planet most likely has a deep ocean beneath its surface.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunset:  6:43 PM
Darkness:  8:09 PM - 5:02 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sunset:  6:05 PM
Darkness:  7:33 PM - 5:55 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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