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

Keck Observatory HQ - Telescope Model
Fred Lusk - 6/7/2005
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Moon Beer? Brewing Experiment Short-Listed for Indian Lunar Lander
(January 23, 2017)
A team of University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineering students is in a ferment, all hopped up to see if beer can be brewed on the moon.
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Martian Heart: 'The Space Between Us' Tells a Stellar Love Story (Featurette)
(January 23, 2017)
Although the new movie "The Space Between Us" concerns a young boy on Mars, cast members and crew said everyone can relate to his dilemma as he pines for love.
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Watch Live @ 3:30 pm ET: Memorial Service to Celebrate Life of Eugene Cernan
(January 23, 2017)
NASA will provide a live webcast today at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT) of the memorial service for Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon. Here's what to know.
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'Climate Engineering' Could Be Bad for Skywatching, Astronomy
(January 23, 2017)
Tinkering with the sky to fight climate change would make it more difficult for astronomers and skywatchers to observe the heavens, a new study suggests.
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NASA to Webcast Funeral for Eugene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon
(January 23, 2017)
Eugene Cernan, who died Jan. 16 at age 82, is known for being the last man to set foot on the moon as part of NASA's Apollo missions. NASA TV will provide live coverage of his funeral service Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT).
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NASA's Real 'Hidden Figures'
(January 22, 2017)
The book and movie "Hidden Figures" celebrate the contributions of African-American "human computers" who performed mathematical equations and calculations in the early days of the U.S. space program.
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Saturn and Crescent Moon Pair off Before Dawn Tuesday
(January 22, 2017)
Saturn, the ringed planet, will shine like a bright beacon in the pre-dawn sky on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunset:  5:22 PM
Darkness:  6:51 PM - 5:35 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Sunset:  5:51 PM
Darkness:  7:17 PM - 5:08 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 4, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 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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