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

Open Cluster NGC663
Scott Davis - 9/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Watch Northrop Grumman Roll Its Antares Rocket to the Pad for Launch! (Time-Lapse Video)
(November 13, 2018)
It's almost launch time for Northrop Grumman's next Antares rocket, which rolled out to its seaside pad in Virginia late Monday (Nov. 12) for a NASA cargo mission to the International Space Station this week.
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In Pictures: The Giant Crater Beneath Greenland Explained
(November 13, 2018)
Scientists think they have spotted a giant impact crater hiding below Greenland's ice sheet. Here's how the discovery played out.
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Scientists Spot What May Be a Giant Impact Crater Hidden Under Greenland Ice
(November 13, 2018)
Earth hides its scars well; the planet has endured countless millennia of eruptions and collisions, but scientists are still stumbling upon the evidence of all that geologic drama.
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Downlink! New Space Game Depicts Spacecraft Launches & Science
(November 13, 2018)
Xtronaut Enterprises' latest board game — Downlink — will take players on a journey across the solar system, where up to six international agencies will do space missions for science.
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Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star
(November 13, 2018)
Astronomers have found compelling evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun.
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Barnard's Star b: What We Know About Nearby 'Super-Earth' Planet Candidate
(November 13, 2018)
There appears to be a cold "super-Earth" planet circling Barnard's Star, which lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Here's what you should know about the newfound planet candidate.
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Bad Weather Forces NASA, Northrop Grumman to Delay Cargo Launch to Space Station
(November 13, 2018)
The launch of a Northrop Grumman rocket carrying NASA's next cargo flight to the International Space Station has been delayed at least one day to Friday (Nov. 15) due to bad weather expected to pummel the mission's seaside launch site in Virginia.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:29 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Libra (Scales)
October 31 - November 22
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 Libra for 23 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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