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

The Lagoon Nebula
Scott Davis - 6/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Best Space Photos of the Week — May 31, 2015
(May 29, 2015)
From a nebula's crimson heart to a dragon's-eye view, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2015.
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How Earth's Magnetic Field Shielded Us from 2014 Solar Storm
(May 29, 2015)
A giant eruption from the sun that scientists thought would hit Earth in 2014 missed because the sun's magnetic field channeled it away from the planet in an unexpected way, researchers say.
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Sounds of Science: NASA Satellites Sing at World Science Festival
(May 29, 2015)
At the World Science Festival in New York, an interactive installation provides an auditory encounter with the NASA satellites that study the Earth.
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NORAD: Tracking Spacecraft, Missiles & Santa
(May 29, 2015)
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a joint military organization of the United States and Canada that looks for threats in aerospace, patrols the skies for missiles and tracks the whereabouts of Santa Claus.
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Hercules, Herdsman and a Dragon In June 2015 Skywatching | Video
(May 29, 2015)
Hercules, Boötes (Herdsman), and Draco (Dragon) constellations are highlights for sky gazers in June. Also, Venus and Jupiter are bright in the evening sky and Jupiter rings are viewable with binoculars in the southern sky.
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Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 2 DirecTV Satellites
(May 28, 2015)
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket on May 27 successfully delivered two direct-broadcast television satellites into transfer orbit for DirecTV in the vehicle’s 65th consecutive success and the second of six missions planned for 2015.
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X-37B Space Plane: US Air Force's 4th Mystery Mission in Photos
(May 17, 2015)
The U.S. Air Force's fourth mystery mission of its X-37B space plane launches on May 20, 2015. How long the mission will last, and its exact purpose, is a mystery. See photos from the mission here.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 19, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, June 21, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 27, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus for 37 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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