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

Messier 40
Scott Davis - 5/11/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Physicists Think They've Spotted the Ghosts of Black Holes from Another Universe
(August 20, 2018)
We're not living in the first universe. There were other universes, full of black holes, in other eons before ours, a group of physicists has said. And we can detect traces of those long-dead black holes in space.
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Sputnik: The Space Race's Opening Shot
(August 20, 2018)
The launch of the world's first satellite was the birth of the Space Age.
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Ancient Quasars Provide Incredible Evidence for Quantum Entanglement
(August 20, 2018)
Using two ancient galactic cores called quasars, researchers have taken a massive step forward toward confirming quantum entanglement — a concept that says particles can be linked no matter how far apart in the universe they may be.
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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Gets Heat Shield for Daring Test Flight to the Moon
(August 20, 2018)
NASA's human-rated moon spacecraft just got its heat shield for a test mission that will take place in 2019 or 2020.
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Monster Black Hole 'Feeding Frenzy' Hides Hundreds of Galaxies in New Photo
(August 20, 2018)
Scientists have found hundreds of galaxies hiding in plain sight, hidden by the light emitted by an extremely active supermassive black hole.
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Concerns Grow About Space Force Diverting Funds from Other Military Priorities
(August 20, 2018)
Experts warn that if the Space Force is set up as an independent service, its substantial administrative costs could eat up funds that might otherwise be spent training and equipping forces with next-generation space technology.
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Astronauts Will Play the First-Ever Tennis Match in Space Tonight! Watch It Live
(August 20, 2018)
History is about to be made as astronauts are set to play the first-ever tennis match in space.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Sunset:  7:18 PM
Darkness:  8:47 PM - 5:09 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 22, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Sunset:  6:36 PM
Darkness:  8:02 PM - 5:35 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 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 Leo 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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