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

Horsehead and Flame Nebulas
Chad Quandt - 12/1/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Super Bowl 50 Has Some Surprising Space Twists
(February 6, 2016)
Hey, football fans! As you gear up for today's Super Bowl 50, you might be surprised how much space is involved – and we're not just talking about the satellite television feed that will beam the big game into your living room in glorious high-definition.
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What Is a 'Morning Star,' and What Is an 'Evening Star'?
(February 5, 2016)
What is a "morning star," and what is an "evening star"? Aren't they all planets? Can a planet sometimes be both of those things, or neither? Here's the complete guide for understanding these stargazing terms.
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NASA's Orion Crew Module Arrives in Florida to Prep for 2018 Flight
(February 5, 2016)
The crew module of NASA's Orion capsule, which is scheduled to fly around the moon on a 2018 test flight, arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida this week.
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Where the Super Bowl Meets Space: NASA's Aerodynamics Lab
(February 5, 2016)
The secret to throwing a perfect football pass can be revealed with lots of practice on the field — or by studying the ball's aerodynamics, as scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center did.
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SpaceX's Grasshopper: Reusable Rocket Prototype
(February 4, 2016)
Grasshopper was a reusable rocket prototype tested by the company SpaceX in preparation for more ambitious launches.
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Elon Musk: Private Space Entrepreneur
(February 4, 2016)
Elon Musk founded SpaceX with ambitions to explore Mars.
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Send Humans to Mars Orbit, Not the Surface (Op-Ed)
(February 4, 2016)
If the United States shifts priorities from landing on Mars to orbiting it, the mission can start with a single component ready to launch.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Sunset:  5:59 PM
Darkness:  7:25 PM - 4:57 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 12, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 19, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 15
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 Capricornus for 28 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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