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

Open Cluster M103
Scott Davis - 8/3/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Celestial Buddies' Pluto and Charon May Be the Cutest Space Toys Ever
(February 13, 2016)
The cutest thing we've seen so far at 2016 New York Toy Fair was the newest plush toy to join the Celestial Buddies line of stuffed planets. The newcomer isn't just one plush, but two: Pluto and Charon.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Feb. 14, 2016
(February 13, 2016)
Scientists made history's first direct detection of the space-time ripples known as gravitational waves, North Korea launched a satellite and NASA announced its $19 billion budget request for fiscal year 2017. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
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Quantum Entanglement: Love on a Subatomic Scale
(February 13, 2016)
When talking about love and romance, people often bring up unseen and mystical connections. Such connections exist in the subatomic world as well, thanks to a bizarre and counterintuitive phenomenon called quantum entanglement.
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Best Space Photos of the Week – Feb. 13, 2016
(February 12, 2016)
From amazing photos of the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves to scenes from a music video shot in microgravity, don't miss these great space images.
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New STAR WARS TV Series Coming ... in LEGO
(February 12, 2016)
A new Star Wars TV Series is coming ... in LEGO. Not only that, there's a new lightsaber called the Kyber Saber.
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'Star Wars' Fans Feel the Force at New Jersey's Liberty Science Center
(February 12, 2016)
Star Wars remixes and tribute songs filled the air as crowds of dressed-up fans and their parents (and children) packed into the learning center Feb. 12 to kick off "Science, Sabers and Star Wars," a weekend-long celebration of the movies' world.
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Mold Contamination Delays Orbital ATK Cargo Flight to ISS
(February 12, 2016)
The next commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station is being delayed by mold.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Sunset:  5:59 PM
Darkness:  7:25 PM - 4:57 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 12, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 19, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 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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