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

Open Cluster M39
Scott Davis - 8/2/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Antares: Red Star at the End of Its Life
(August 16, 2017)
Antares is a red supergiant that one day will explode into a supernova.
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Russian Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Deploy Nanosatellites to Honor Sputnik
(August 16, 2017)
Two cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for a seven-hour spacewalk on Thursday (Aug. 17), in part to deploy three small satellites in tribute to the dawn of the space age 60 years ago.
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Watch Live Monday! Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse Webcast by Slooh @ 8 pm ET
(August 16, 2017)
Starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT) Aug. 21, the astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will livestream the total solar eclipse crossing the continental United States coast to coast.
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Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)
(August 16, 2017)
On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Oregon to South Carolina. Here's what you need to know about this rare celestial show.
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Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books
(August 16, 2017)'s editors present a list of the astrophysics and astronomy books worth a read-through.
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Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Reading List
(August 16, 2017)'s editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
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Clouds on 'Failed Stars' Resemble Those on Neptune
(August 16, 2017)
For the first time, scientists have seen bands of clouds drifting across the skies of failed stars known as brown dwarfs.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, August 20, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sunset:  7:46 PM
Darkness:  9:20 PM - 4:47 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunset:  7:06 PM
Darkness:  8:33 PM - 5:17 AM
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

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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