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

NGC 7331
Jarrod McKnelly - 11/12/2012
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Epic Pluto Flyby Occurs This Month
(June 30, 2015)
NASA's New Horizons probe will cruise within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's surface on July 14, capturing the first-ever good looks at the frigid, faraway and mysterious world.
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How to See Venus, Saturn, Jupiter & Mercury in July's Night Sky
(June 30, 2015)
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
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Magnets Attract: From Deep Space to Your Desktop
(June 30, 2015)
We rely on magnets every day, but seldom give them a second thought.
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Pluto and Charon Starting to Come into Focus (Photo)
(June 29, 2015)
Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, posed for a solemn portrait taken by NASA's New Horizon's probe, which is only two weeks away from its close encounter with the dwarf planet.
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Best Night Sky Events of July 2015 (Stargazing Maps)
(June 29, 2015)
See what's up in the night sky for July 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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'Spit of Satan' Solar Flare Seen In Extreme Ultraviolet Light | Video
(June 29, 2015)
Over about 4 hours on June 18th 2015, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a developing flare and coronal mass ejection.
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Deeper Drill Destined For Red Planet - ExoMars 2018 | Video
(June 29, 2015)
The European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover will drill up to 2 meters (6 ft. 7 in.) into the surface; previous missions have only penetrated 5 centimeters (2 in.).
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 17, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sunset:  8:18 PM
Darkness:  10:05 PM - 4:09 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Sunset:  6:00 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM -
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 14, 2015
End Date:  Sunday, August 16, 2015
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunset:  7:52 PM
Darkness:  9:27 PM - 4:42 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Gemini (Twins)
June 20 - July 20
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 Gemini for 31 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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