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
GADGET NIGHT AT JANUARY MEETING!
It is common for us to acquire new astronomy equipment during the holidays, whether from ourselves or from others. Bring and show off the new gadgets and toys Santa brought you in 2017!
Club Announcement
2018 EVENT CALENDAR POSTED!
We have posted our calendar of events for 2018! Head on over to the Calendar page for more information!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

The Leo Triplet
Scott Davis - 3/9/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Trump's National Security Strategy to Stress Technological Innovation
(December 17, 2017)
President Trump is unveiling a new national security strategy that focuses on ensuring U.S. economic prosperity, defending the homeland and posturing the nation to compete against rising technological powers.
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Rocket Lab Postpones 2nd Electron Test Launch to Early 2018
(December 17, 2017)
The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab said Saturday (Dec. 16) that it will delay its next Electron launch attempt until early 2018.
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Monster Volcanoes on Mars: How Space Rocks are Helping Us Solve Their Mysteries
(December 17, 2017)
Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured above, which towers 22km above the surrounding plains – over two and a half times taller than Mount Everest.
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Ursid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Week
(December 17, 2017)
The 2017 Ursid meteor shower will peak in the early morning on Friday (Dec. 22), but it won’t be a very spectacular shooting-star show.
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Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Could Be a Comet in Disguise
(December 17, 2017)
While it looks like an asteroid, the first interstellar object spotted passing through the solar system, called 'Oumuamua, may be more like a comet in disguise.
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Do You Want to Believe? Government UFO Search Never Stopped
(December 17, 2017)
The U.S. government has been secretly investigating unidentified flying objects — UFOs — since 2007. And despite officials' claims that the classified UFO-hunting effort shuttered in 2012 after funding evaporated, the group is still active.
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The Search for Life on Mars Should Go Underground, Scientists Say
(December 17, 2017)
The search for signs of life on Mars should focus on ancient subsurface environments, not lake-bed deposits like the one famously discovered by NASA's Curiosity rover, a new study argues.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, January 6, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunset:  5:05 PM
Darkness:  6:37 PM - 5:41 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sunset:  5:13 PM
Darkness:  6:43 PM - 5:39 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Sagittarius (Archer)
December 18 - January 18
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 Sagittarius for 32 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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