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
Our May 2 club meeting, in addition to covering club business, will feature Steve Harness presenting "Planet Quest". This presentation will discuss man's search for Earth-like planets and cover what has been done thus far to discover extrasolar planets and, of course, what discoveries have been made to date. We hope to see you there!
Club Announcement
Are you new to astronomy? Would you like to become familiar with the night sky and meet others with the same interest? If so, we encourage you to check out and sign up for our Spring 2015 Introduction to Visual Astronomy program.
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Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Moretus and Clavius
Chad Quandt - 3/10/2015
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Blast-Off! SpaceX Launches First Turkmenistan Satellite | Video
(April 26, 2015)
The TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 27th, 2015. The communication satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Turkmenistan's First-Ever Satellite
(April 26, 2015)
The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT). The two-stage rocket carried aloft the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat communications satellite, which will be operated by the government of Turkmenistan.
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WATCH LIVE TODAY: SpaceX Launching Satellite for Turkmenistan @ 6:14 pm ET
(October 5, 2012)
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first satellite for Turkmenistan on Monday, April 27, at 6:14 pm ET. Watch live here.
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Astronauts on Space Station Get First Zero-Gravity Viewscreen
(April 26, 2015)
Movie nights aboard the International Space Station have just received a major upgrade with the launch of the first projection screen designed for use in microgravity.
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How Astronomy Diminishes, Yet Inflates, Us | Video
(April 26, 2015)

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Neil Tyson's 'StarTalk' Turns TV Talk Shows Topsy-Turvy (Op-Ed)
(April 26, 2015)
Go in depth on StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson's TV talk show about science, with television producer and science journalist Dave Brody.
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Photos: SpaceX Rocket to Launch 1st Satellite for Turkmenistan
(April 26, 2015)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT satellite into orbit for Turkmenistan and Thales Alenia Space on April 27, 2015. See the ramp up to the mission in photos in our photo gallery here.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sunset:  8:02 PM
Darkness:  9:46 PM - 4:07 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 23, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
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 Aries for 25 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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