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
INTRO TO VISUAL ASTRONOMY
COMING SPRING 2015
Are you new to astronomy? Would you like to become familiar with the night sky and meet others with the same interest? If so, we encourage you to check out and sign up for our Spring 2015 Introduction to Visual Astronomy program.
 
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Club Announcement
APRIL 4 PRESENTATION PREVIEW
Our April 4 club meeting, in addition to covering club business, will feature two presentations by club member Scott Davis - a short presentation of the past three months of astrophotography, and a keynote presentation titled "Apollo - The Other Five Landings", which will detail the people and accomplishments related to Apollo missions 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Planet Dancing
Scott Davis - 5/26/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Photographer's Cosmic Passion Leads to Stunning Night Sky Images
(March 29, 2015)
Night sky photographer Connor Hicks submitted these magnificent photos of star trails and a moon halo. See how Hicks created the amazing view.
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NASA Astronaut Already Feels at Home in Space as 1-Year Journey Begins
(March 29, 2015)
NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home.
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NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars
(March 29, 2015)
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade designed to fix its memory problems. The March 25 event didn't result in the loss of any science data.
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SpaceShipOne 'Lands' on Smithsonian Floor as Museum Renovates Hall
(March 29, 2015)
The world's first private-sector space plane, SpaceShipOne, has landed on the ground at the National Air and Space Museum after 10 years in 'Flight.'
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United Launch Alliance Wants Your Vote to Name New Rocket
(March 29, 2015)
Here's your chance to name a rocket. United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster.
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Total Lunar Eclipse, Lyrid Meteors And More - April 2015 Skywatching Video
(March 29, 2015)
On April 4th, Earth’s shadow on Luna will visible from parts of 3 continents. After midnight on April 22nd, 10 to 20 meteors per hour will rain.
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LEGO Soars Into Space Again With New Space Shuttle Kit | Video
(March 29, 2015)
Spaceport, LEGO’s latest space shuttle model, launches in August 2015 and includes an awesome Crawler-Carrier for the shuttle, as well as detailed solid rocket boosters and an external tank.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sunset:  7:38 PM
Darkness:  9:10 PM - 4:48 AM
Downing Planetarium Solar Viewing
     @ Downing Planetarium

Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 25, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Pisces (Fish)
March 12 - April 18
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 Pisces for 38 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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