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

Dipping Behind the Tree
Scott Davis - 3/22/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Cassini Spacecraft's Grand Finale Dives - Risk vs. Reward Explained by NASA | Video
(April 25, 2017)
The NASA probe has begun its series of 22 dives between Saturn’s innermost rings and the planet itself. Cassini guidance and control engineer Joan Stupik explains the risks of these daring orbits and what knowledge scientists hope to gain.
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Solar Eruptions Explained in '5 Steps' by NASA | Video
(April 25, 2017)
A ”universal mechanism” has been proposed by Durham University in the United Kingdom scientists to explain how the eruptions occur on the sun. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center highlights their work.
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Binge-Watch Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' on Twitch for Science Week
(April 25, 2017)
Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" is making a comeback this week to kick off a five-day science marathon on Twitch.
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Mars Had Surprising 400-Million-Year Lull Between Giant-Impact Eras
(April 25, 2017)
Mars enjoyed about 400 million years of relative peace between two giant-impact epochs long ago, a new study suggests.
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'PACMan' Tool Could Help Figure Out Hubble's Observations
(April 25, 2017)
The scientists who choose where to point Hubble's telescope are turning to computer automation to help them sift through proposals, more than 1,000 each year.
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US Launches Ballistic Missile Test Amid Rising Tensions with North Korea
(April 25, 2017)
The U.S. Air Force launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early Wednesday morning (April 26) in a successful test, military officials said.
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Distant Dwarf Planet DeeDee Stirs Up the Pluto Planethood Debate
(April 25, 2017)
Recent observations that a tiny object in our solar system is a likely dwarf planet has some planetary scientists grumbling again about Pluto's demotion to that status.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
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
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Sunset:  8:11 PM
Darkness:  9:59 PM - 3:56 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
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 Aries for 25 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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