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

Tycho Crater
Chad Quandt - 3/10/2015
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Blue Origin Makes Historic Reusable Rocket Landing in Epic Test Flight
(November 23, 2015)
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
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On the Edge at Schiaparelli Crater | Space Wallpaper
(November 23, 2015)
The Schiaparelli basin on Mars, named for an Italian astronomer, is surrounded by many impact craters and several of them intersect the northwester rim of the feature.
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Gobble Gobble In Space! What's On ISS Thanksgiving Menu? | Video
(November 23, 2015)
International Space Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren sample the turkey and yams that are on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
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Fan-Designed Lego Saturn V Moon Rocket Qualifies for Product Review
(November 23, 2015)
A fan-suggested 3-foot-tall model of NASA's historic Saturn V moon rocket has landed on LEGO's launch pad and is now awaiting an official "go/no-go" call as to whether it will lift off as a commercial toy set.
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Poll: Would You Ride Blue Origin's New Shepard Spacecraft?
(November 23, 2015)
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
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Blue Origin Blasts Vehicle Into Space and Nails Landing | Video
(November 23, 2015)
The New Shepard is truly a reusable space vehicle after flying to 329,839 feet and landing within a few feet of the target, through 119 mph crosswinds. The launch and landing occurred on Nov. 23rd, 2015 in West Texas.
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Dark Matter 'Hairs' May Surround Earth
(November 23, 2015)
Computer simulations suggest that filaments of invisible dark matter form long "hairs" when they go through planets such as Earth.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 5, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Sunset:  4:44 PM
Darkness:  6:18 PM - 5:32 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Scorpio (Scorpion)
November 23 - November 29
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 Scorpius for 7 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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