President's Message
 
Welcome to the website of the Central Valley Astronomers! Astronomy is a wonderful hobby and profession, focusing on the study of the vastness of space beyond our planet. Depending on your level of expertise, it can be intimidating to wade through the variety of information and equipment available.
 
That, however, is exactly why we are here! Whether you just want to learn a few star and constellation names, or you want to photograph the heavens in their beauty, or anything in between, we can help you explore the options and make this fun hobby your own. Our membership comprises amateurs, professionals, and even teachers and professors. We have arranged a variety of activities to help you get to know us and learn about astronomy.
 
Our club meetings are a great way to meet our most active members face to face. Most meetings have an educational element, with a presentation by one of our members or a guest speaker, followed by coming events and general club business. Our dark sky star parties, typically at Eastman Lake, are the best way to learn about the various types of equipment available to amateur astronomers, be it a basic pair of binoculars or the many types of optics available today. We even do camping star parties up at Courtright Reservoir, for those who want to experience the darkest skies available in the area for multiple nights.
 
If you are wondering how to get started, please give one of us a call or send us an E-Mail. If you have an interest in space, we want to help you achieve your goals! Astronomy is a rewarding hobby and a wonderful adventure – we hope to see you soon!
 
Scott J. Davis, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Sagittarius
Fred Lusk - 7/25/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
USPS Ceremony Dedicates 'Amazing' Sally Ride Forever Postage Stamp
(May 23, 2018)
Maybe it was the spotlight, or perhaps it was the skill of the artist in creating her likeness, but Sally Ride seemed to glow as the curtain fell.
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Ghostly 'Lightning' Waves Discovered Inside a Nuclear Reactor
(May 23, 2018)
Whistler waves are normally produced in the atmosphere by lightning. They could help protect nuclear fusion reactors from runaway electrons.
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Trump to Sign New Policy Directive Aimed at Commercial Space Regulation Reforms
(May 23, 2018)
A new policy President Trump will sign May 24 will implement a series of regulatory reforms to support commercial space recommended by the National Space Council earlier this year.
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Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Warmed Earth's Climate for 100,000 Years
(May 23, 2018)
Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere after the impact of the Chicxulub asteroid, which ended the era of dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, warmed the Earth's climate for 100,000 years, a new study has revealed.
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Orbital ATK Cygnus Cargo Ship Delivers Science Gear (and Goodies) to Space Station
(May 23, 2018)
An Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Thursday (May 24) to deliver more than 3 tons of vital supplies - and likely some goodies, too - for the orbiting laboratory's six-person crew.
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What Can the Death of a Neutron Tell Us About Dark Matter?
(May 23, 2018)
Physicists speculate that decaying neutrons may be producing particles unknown to science that make up the elusive dark matter.
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On This Day In Space! May 24, 1962: Scott Carpenter Becomes 2nd American in Orbit
(May 23, 2018)
On May 24, 1962, NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter became the fourth American to go to space and the second American to orbit the Earth. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Sunset:  8:19 PM
Darkness:  10:10 PM - 3:49 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 15, 2018
End Date:  Sunday, June 17, 2018
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sunset:  8:22 PM
Darkness:  10:14 PM - 3:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Sunset:  8:23 PM
Darkness:  10:13 PM - 3:58 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus 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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