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 ( RSS Feed)
Image of the Day
(December 8, 2016)
Former NASA astronaut John Glenn, who died yesterday at 95, took this panoramic photo of Florida during his historic orbital flight inside the Friendship 7 spacecraft on Feb. 20, 1962.
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John Glenn 'Embodied Taking Care Of Your People' - NASA Administrator | Video
(December 8, 2016)
The NASA administrator will always remember John Glenn "the humanitarian, the human being and the loving husband." Glenn passes away at the age of 95 on Dec. 9, 2016, leaving behind a tremendous legacy for spaceflight and beyond.
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Japanese Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station
(December 8, 2016)
Japan's robotic HTV-6 cargo spacecraft has begun its four-day journey to the International Space Station.
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Japan's HTV-6 Cargo Mission Launches To Space Station | Video
(December 8, 2016)
The H-II Transfer Vehicle-6 (HTV-6) launched from Tanegashima Space Center on Dec. 9, 2016. It is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Staton on Dec. 13.
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Space Webcasts: Japan Launches HTV-6 Cargo Ship to ISS
(December 8, 2016)
Japan's robotic H-II Transfer Vehicle-6 is scheduled to launch Friday (Dec. 9) at 8:26 a.m. EST (1326 GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center. You can watch the liftoff live here at, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST (1300 GMT).
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Trump Adviser Sees Pence Playing a Major Role in Space Policy
(December 8, 2016)
The space policy adviser during the campaign of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Dec. 7 that he foresees Vice President-elect Mike Pence being involved in shaping the space policy of the next administration.
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Search for Alien Life Needs Human Mars Missions, NASA Chief Scientist Says
(December 8, 2016)
Ellen Stofan, current NASA chief scientist, said sending humans to Mars would be a powerful step in the search for life beyond Earth.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 10, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunset:  4:54 PM
Darkness:  6:27 PM - 5:41 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Ophiuchus (Serpent Bearer)
November 30 - December 17
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 Ophiuchus for 18 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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