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
New Year, New Website Design!
Welcome to the new Central Valley Astronomers website! Our site has been re-tooled to be more useful and informative. Our Maps and Directions feature has better details on how to find our event locations. Check out the "Event Types" section for information on our various events. The "Education" section contains interesting reading about astronomical subjects (with more articles arriving shortly), and the "Downloads" section has many resources for you to enjoy. Welcome!
Club Announcement
2015 Calendars Still Available!
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the 2015 CVA Club Calendar, please use the board member contact system to contact Fred Lusk. Once these beautiful calendars are gone, they are gone!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

The Owl Nebula
Chad Quandt - 4/11/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
'Juno' Blizzard Seen From Space Station | Video
(January 27, 2015)
Space Station crew member Terry Virts (NASA) snapped imagery of the storm that slammed the Northeast United States during a night pass on Jan. 28th, 2015. The ISS was orbiting at an attitude of 260 miles during the fly-over.
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New Fantastic Four Trades Space Mission For 'Alternate Universe' | Teaser Trailer
(January 27, 2015)
In the original 1961 comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the team acquires their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a mission in space. In this reboot (in theaters July 2015) they enter pods, which appear to take them to a menacing new wo
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Astronaut Sees Huge Winter Storm from Space (Photos)
(January 27, 2015)
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the monster winter storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled and churned over New England.
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SpaceX's Reusable Mega-Rocket Plan Is Simply Amazing (Video)
(January 27, 2015)
An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Mercury?
(January 27, 2015)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mercury. So did we. Mercury's gravity, temperatures and weather are all very different from Earth's. Here's how.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
(January 27, 2015)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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NASA's New Robot Will Take the Plunge ... Into a Volcano
(January 27, 2015)
NASA is gearing up to test an innovative new robot built to explore some of Earth's most inhospitable places: the fiery heart of volcanoes. And the hardy robot may one day help scientists explore volcanoes on other worlds.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sunset:  5:46 PM
Darkness:  7:13 PM - 5:14 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 15
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 Capricornus for 28 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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