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
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Chad Quandt - 7/12/2015
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Cassini Watches Enceladus Fizz Into Space
(August 30, 2015)
Cassini has once again turned to Enceladus, the enigmatic moon of Saturn.
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Our Galaxy's Heart Glows in Psychedelic X-Ray Light
(August 30, 2015)
Europe's XMM-Newton telescope took an X-ray scan of the Milky Way's core, capturing some dazzling high-energy delights.
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NASA to Study Uranus, Neptune Orbiters
(August 30, 2015)
NASA began an early feasibility study for missions to the distant, mostly-ignored ice-giants Uranus and Neptune, a senior agency official said here Aug. 24.
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'How We'll Live on Mars': Q&A with Author Stephen Petranek
(August 30, 2015)
Stephen Petranek thinks humans will live on Mars within 20 years, and he states his case in a new book, "How We'll Live on Mars."
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'Galaxy Quest' Movie May Become TV Show
(August 30, 2015)
The science fiction comedy movie favorite "Galaxy Quest" is one step closer to becoming a television series: Amazon Studios has purchased the project from Paramount Entertainment.
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Constellations, Planets And A Super Lunar Eclipse - Sept. 2015 Skywatching Video
(August 30, 2015)
Aquarius and Capricornus host a couple of star clusters that can be revealed in detail with a telescope. Saturn is visible after nightfall. Mars, Venus and Jupiter are pre-dawn planets this month. Lastly, a Supermoon...
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Rare Super 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse Coming, Last Until 2033 | Video
(August 30, 2015)
On Sept. 27th, 2015, Earthlings will be treated to a skywatching event not seen seen 1982. The 'Supermoon' will also turn a reddish hue due to the moon passing directly behind the Earth, into its shadow.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sunset:  7:13 PM
Darkness:  8:41 PM - 5:12 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 19, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sunset:  6:31 PM
Darkness:  7:57 PM - 5:38 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 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 Leo 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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