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

Ptolemy's Cluster (M7)
Scott Davis - 7/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Hasbro Unveils Epic Jabba's Sail Barge Toy for 'Star Wars' Fans by HasLab
(February 17, 2018)
Hasbro has just unveiled its largest "Star Wars" toy ever, a giant version of Jabba the Hutt's Sail Barge, under the company's new HasLab crowdfunding initiative.
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Hasbro Unveils New 'Star Wars' for 2018 at Toy Fair (Photos)
(February 17, 2018)
Hasbro has a new line of toys being released this year that will help fans recreate classic moments from the 'Star Wars' saga as well as create new moments from Solo: A 'Star Wars' Story.
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On This Day In Space! Feb. 18, 1930: Pluto Discovered by Clyde Tombaugh
(February 17, 2018)
On February 18, 1930, the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto! See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series.
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SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21
(February 17, 2018)
SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to no earlier than Wednesday (Feb. 21) to allow final checks of the rocket's upgraded nose cone.
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NASA's Next Planet Hunter Arrives in Florida Ahead of April Launch
(February 17, 2018)
NASA's next exoplanet-hunting space telescope has arrived in Florida, two months ahead of the instrument's planned launch.
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Look Inside the Lego Kessel Run Millennium Falcon!
(February 17, 2018)
We got our first look inside the Lego Kessel Run Millennium Falcon at the 2018 Toy Fair in New York today (Feb. 17). Join us for our first glimpse ahead of "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
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SpaceX Launching Internet Satellites Aboard Used Rocket Sunday: Watch Live
(February 16, 2018)
SpaceX plans to launch the first two prototypes for its vast satellite-internet constellation Sunday (Feb. 18), and you can watch the liftoff live.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Sunset:  7:10 PM
Darkness:  8:36 PM - 5:40 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 24, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 31, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aquarius (Water Bearer)
February 16 - March 11
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 Aquarius for 24 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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