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

Planet Dancing
Scott Davis - 5/26/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
In Photos: Hurricane Maria Seen from Space
(September 18, 2017)
Hurricane Maria peaked as a massive Category 5 storm as it rolled across the Caribbean in September 2017. See photos of Hurricane Maria from space by satellites in our gallery here.
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Retro Alien 'Field Guide' Profiles 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Creatures
(September 18, 2017)
"Star Trek" fans will get a great nostalgia kick from a new book that covers every alien species featured in "The Next Generation" (TNG), from Acamarians to Vulcans.
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Satellites Tracking Powerful Hurricane Maria From Space
(September 18, 2017)
A number of satellites are keeping tabs on Hurricane Maria as the dangerous storm churns its way through the Caribbean.
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Hurricane Maria: See the Latest Videos from Space
(September 18, 2017)
NOAA satellites have been capturing imagery of the storm since it was developing in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Watch Hurricane Maria in Action in These NASA and NOAA Gifs
(September 18, 2017)
Satellites operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are tracking Hurricane Maria from space you can see some of those observations below, shared by the agencies on social media.
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Image of the Day
(September 18, 2017)
Before NASA's Cassini spacecraft dove into Saturn last Friday (Sept. 15), it bade farewell to Iapetus, one of Saturn's "Pac-Man" moons. Also known as the "yin-and-yang" moon, Iapetus is bright on one side and dark on the other.
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Cold World, Hot Topic: Can Microbes Survive on Mars?
(September 18, 2017)
Scientists are working to determine if microbes can survive on Mars — and if so, what the best habitats on the Red Planet may be.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Sunset:  6:55 PM
Darkness:  8:22 PM - 5:23 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunset:  6:15 PM
Darkness:  7:42 PM - 5:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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