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

The Iris Nebula (NGC7023)
Scott Davis - 7/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Caught In the Act! Five Black Hole Couples Found Merging (Videos)
(October 17, 2017)
Astronomers have pinpointed five pairs of merging black holes using three different space and ground-based instruments and two sky surveys.
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How Fit Will Astronauts Be After Years in Space?
(October 17, 2017)
After spending months or years in space during future long-term missions, returning to Earth can be challenging for astronauts — and one set of researchers is finding out just how challenging using a life-size spacecraft model.
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In Images: The Amazing Discovery of a Neutron-Star Crash, Gravitational Waves & More
(October 17, 2017)
For the first time ever, scientists around the world detected gravitational waves and light from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. See the epic discovery in pictures here.
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'Women of NASA' Lego Set to Launch for Sale Nov. 1
(October 17, 2017)
Four trailblazing figures from NASA's history are set to launch as new Lego minifigures. As-tronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as programmer Margaret Hamilton and astrono-mer Nancy Grace Roman, feature in the Lego Ideas set, "Women of NASA."
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Planet Uranus: Facts About Its Name, Moons and Orbit
(October 16, 2017)
Learn about the history of Uranus (and how it got its name) as well as the physical characteristics of the planet including its rings and moons.
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How 2 Aerospace Companies Plan to Launch an Inflatable Moon-Orbiting Habitat
(October 16, 2017)
United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace will collaborate on placing a space station in orbit around the moon.
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Coat of Arms for Canada's New Governor General Nods to Her Astronaut Past
(October 16, 2017)
As a Canadian astronaut, Julie Payette used mission patches to represent her spaceflight experiences and personal journey. Now, as Canada's new Governor General, she has a new symbol of her achievements — her coat of arms.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunset:  6:15 PM
Darkness:  7:42 PM - 5:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunset:  4:49 PM
Darkness:  6:19 PM - 5:13 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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