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
Star-B-Que Location Changed!
Members interested in attending the Star-B-Que - we will be using a different picnic area on the WEST side of the lake for our barbeque. When approaching the Eastman Lake dam turn LEFT at the sign for the Day Use Area (if you reach the dam, you have gone too far). Follow the Day Use road until you reach the upper boat ramp. Continue to the right to reach the day use area, and look for us.
 
Our public observing session will be at our usual parking lot.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Courtright Star Trail with Mars
Fred Lusk - 8/23/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Red Planet Roulette: Time to Save for Move to Mars?
(September 27, 2016)
Early settlers be warned: the chance of death is quite high.
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No, Friday's 'Black Moon' Isn't a Sign of the End Times
(September 27, 2016)
The event is simply the second new moon in a single calendar month, which makes it particularly special for pagans, but pretty lousy as a purveyor of doom.
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'Star Trek': 50 Artists. 50 Years. (A Sci-Fi Art Slideshow)
(September 27, 2016)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek," the Paley Center for Media in New York City hosted 50 pieces of art by 50 artists in a gallery.
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'Star Trek' Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Traveling Art Gallery
(September 27, 2016)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek: The Original Series," CBS has curated a traveling art gallery featuring 50 "Star Trek"-inspired pieces by 50 artists from 10 countries.
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'Golden Record Remastered' Will Reboot Voyager's Soundtrack of Earth
(September 27, 2016)
In 1977, NASA sent two spacecraft off in different directions, each carrying a golden record with the sounds, greetings and music of the people of Earth — and the radio program "Science Friday" says it's about time for an update.
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WATCH LIVE THURSDAY: Rosetta Comet Crash Preview by ESA
(September 27, 2016)
On Thursday, Sept. 29, the European Space Agency will hold a series of press briefings to preview the upcoming Rosetta spacecraft crash on the Comet 67P.
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Awesome Citizen-Scientist Video Shows Juno Probe's Arrival at Jupiter
(September 27, 2016)
NASA's Juno spacecraft trekked 1.7 billion miles (2.8 billion kilometers) to reach Jupiter, and a new video documents the probe's long-awaited approach into orbit around the gas giant.
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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
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 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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