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

NGC 6960
Jarrod McKnelly - 7/6/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Closest Rocky Exoplanet - How To Find Its Star | Skywatching Video
(July 30, 2015)
Planet HD 219134b was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It resides 21 light-years away in the Cassiopeia constellation and its star is visible from Earth. The planet orbits too close to its star to support life.
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Russia Formally Commits to International Space Station Through 2024
(July 30, 2015)
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
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XCOR to Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Space Plane Flights
(July 30, 2015)
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
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Cassini Spacecraft to Make Final Flybys of 2 Icy Saturn Moons
(July 30, 2015)
For the next six months, NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft will get its final look at two icy moons -- one famous and one not so well-known -- before preparing for mission's end in 2017.
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Telescope Tag Team Brings Uranus-Size Alien Planet into Focus
(July 30, 2015)
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have helped researchers characterize a Uranus-mass exoplanet that had remained mysterious since its discovery a decade ago.
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SETI Targets Kepler-452b, Earth's 'Cousin,' in Search for Alien Life
(July 30, 2015)
Scientists with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute have already begun targeting Earth's older cousin, Kepler 452b, the first near-Earth sized world found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
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Epic Yearlong Space Mission Documented in Time Magazine Web Series
(July 30, 2015)
Time magazine's "Year in Space" documentary offers an inside look into the 12-month stint Scott Kelly is spending aboard the International Space Station and also delves into his life as an astronaut.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 14, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, August 16, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunset:  7:52 PM
Darkness:  9:27 PM - 4:42 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 22, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sunset:  7:13 PM
Darkness:  8:41 PM - 5:12 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Cancer (Crab)
July 21 - August 9
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 Cancer for 20 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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