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
STAR-B-QUE DATE CHANGED
Due to a conflict with our assigned days for Glacier Point, our annual Star-B-Que has been pushed to the October 1 star party at Eastman Lake. Please update your calendars.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

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Chad Quandt - 5/15/2015
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
New Space Boots Vibrate to Help Astronauts Navigate
(July 28, 2016)
Taking a spacewalk is no float in the park, but new space boots created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) might make working outside a spacecraft safer.
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Milky Way Shines in Orange Over Mauna Kea (Photo)
(July 28, 2016)
On a tranquil Hawaii vacation, astrophotographer Mike Beck took a chance road trip — where he captured this image of the glimmering orange night sky.
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Simple Exoplanet Calculation Describes Alien Atmospheres in a Flash
(July 28, 2016)
A new mathematical formula predicts the ratio of particular molecules in the atmospheres of far-off planets, letting researchers more easily tell when something unusual is happening there.
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George Takei, William Shatner Help NASA Celebrate Apollo 11 Anniversary
(July 28, 2016)
A convergence of reality and science fiction took center stage at NASA's Kennedy Space Center last week, during a salute to the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Star Trek" franchise.
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Mysterious Baby Star Throws a Tantrum... Alone
(July 27, 2016)
Stars usually form in dense stellar nurseries with many other stars for company, but a baby star has been found by itself, erupting in a void with no siblings in sight.
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First Launch of NASA's New Megarocket On Track for 2018
(July 27, 2016)
The first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket remains on schedule for the fall of 2018 despite delays in one key element of the Orion spacecraft it will launch.
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Otherworldly Beauty: Astronomy Photography Contest Highlights Astounding Shots
(July 27, 2016)
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has announced its shortlist of entries, from more than 4,500 submissions. Here are a few of our favorites, including some starry skies over snowy landscapes, and colorful deep-space objects.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 29, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, July 31, 2016
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunset:  8:08 PM
Darkness:  9:50 PM - 4:24 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 5, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, August 7, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sunset:  8:01 PM
Darkness:  9:40 PM - 4:32 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 13, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sunset:  7:35 PM
Darkness:  9:06 PM - 4:57 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, September 2, 2016
End Date:  Monday, September 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sunset:  7:25 PM
Darkness:  8:55 PM - 5:04 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Cancer (Crab)
July 21 - August 9
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 Cancer for 20 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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