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

Messier 12
Scott Davis - 6/1/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
What Is the Fermi Paradox?
(April 25, 2018)
Where are the aliens? That is the question that the Fermi Paradox seeks to answer. Given our solar system's relatively young age, the theory says that aliens should have visited us already.
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Navstar: GPS Satellite Network
(April 25, 2018)
The Navstar constellation of satellites provides the signals for a global positioning system.
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China Launches 5 Commercial Remote-Sensing Satellites Into Orbit
(April 25, 2018)
China successfully completed its twelfth orbital launch of 2018 late on Wednesday, sending five small Zhuhai-1 remote sensing satellites into orbit.
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House Passes Commercial Space Regulatory Bill
(April 25, 2018)
The House of Representatives approved legislation April 24 that would reform commercial remote sensing regulation and create a licensing regime for "non-traditional" commercial space activities.
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Pink Clouds Adorn Crescent Moon in Gorgeous Photo
(April 25, 2018)
A waning crescent moon rises at dawn against the glow of twilight and behind a pink band of clouds, just few minutes before sunrise.
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NASA Pushes for Moon, Deep Space with Crucial Tests
(April 25, 2018)
With the moon as its immediate goal, NASA is pushing hard on deep space exploration.
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Scientists Peer Across the Universe and Find an Ancient Galactic Collision
(April 25, 2018)
Astronomers set their sights on an area incredibly far away — more than 90 percent of the way across the observable universe — and found the beginnings of a massive cosmic collision, according to two new studies.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sunset:  7:59 PM
Darkness:  9:41 PM - 4:12 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Sunset:  8:19 PM
Darkness:  10:10 PM - 3:49 AM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aries (Ram)
April 19 - May 13
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 Aries for 25 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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