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
Due to a conflict with our assigned days for Glacier Point, our annual Star-B-Que has been pushed to the October 1 star party at Eastman Lake. Please update your calendars.
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Jarrod McKnelly - 3/10/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Perfectly Parallel: Skywatcher Spots Milky Way and ISS
(June 26, 2016)
Astrophotographer Hammad Iqbal took this image of a perfectly parallel pass of the ISS to the Milky Way from Doha, Qatar on May 6, 2016.
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Image of the Day
(June 26, 2016)
Twenty years ago today, on June 27, 1996, the Galileo spacecraft (the first space probe to orbit Jupiter) made its first close flyby of the moon Ganymede.
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Enormous Stars Forming in the 'Little Fox' Captured in Stunning Photo
(June 26, 2016)
The raw material to create stars for millions of years is captured in this stunning, newly retrieved photo from the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory.
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Black Hole Imager Gets First View of Galactic Core
(June 26, 2016)
The Very Large Telescope's GRAVITY instrument is online and already gathering data from the extreme environment surrounding our galaxy's supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*.
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One-Week Countdown Begins for Juno Mission's Daring Arrival at Jupiter
(June 26, 2016)
NASA's Juno probe is only one week away from its arrival at Jupiter, where it will execute a daring maneuver in order to get closer to the giant planet than any spacecraft has ever done in history.
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The Most Amazing Space Stories This Week!
(June 25, 2016)
Pluto has a splashy secret, a monster black hole shakes violently awake, Juno prepares for a deep dive and Britain's space future is questioned — it's's best news stories of the week.
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Morning Milky Way Shines Over Summer Triangle in Stunning Photo
(June 24, 2016)
Minutes before clouds gathered over the night sky, astrophotographer Matt Pollock caught this snapshot of the Milky Way on March 3, 2016 from Cherry Plain State Park in Petersburg, New York.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 1, 2016
End Date:  Monday, July 4, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:54 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, July 31, 2016
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunset:  8:08 PM
Darkness:  9:50 PM - 4:24 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 5, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, August 7, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sunset:  8:01 PM
Darkness:  9:40 PM - 4:32 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Gemini (Twins)
June 20 - July 20
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 Gemini for 31 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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