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

Venus
Chad Quandt - 5/24/2015
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
2D Spacecraft, Reprogrammable Microbes & More: NASA Eyes Wild Space Tech Ideas
(April 30, 2016)
Get ready for two-dimensional spacecraft and microorganisms that can recycle Mars dirt into working electronics. While both may sound like science fiction, they could soon be a reality, thanks to the latest round of space technology funding from NASA.
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NASA's Inflatable Heat Shield Takes Vacuum Packing to a New Level
(April 29, 2016)
An inflatable-heat-shield prototype to protect spacecraft on other worlds has passed its first key step: making sure it fits into a rocket.
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The SpaceX Rocket Landing is Even More Amazing in 360-Degrees
(April 28, 2016)
Witness the full glory of the Falcon 9 reusable rocket's April 8 drone ship landing, in this new up-close, 360 degree video.
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World Map of Pluto Includes Every Image of Beloved Dwarf Planet
(April 28, 2016)
A complete world map of Pluto, compiled using all resolved images taken by NASA's New Horizons probe, is the most comprehensive view yet of the icy world.
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Jupiter, Virgo Cluster and More In May 2016 Skywatching | Video
(April 28, 2016)
In May, the southern skies are home to the Gas Giant and its moons, Mars and Saturn. The Virgo Cluster of galaxies can be viewed with binoculars. Also, the Eta Aquarid meteor showers rain in early May.
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Best Space Gifts in the Universe: Mother's and Father's Day
(April 28, 2016)
Looking for a great gift for Mother's or Father's Day, or just something special for the space nerd in your life? These space-themed standbys will delight your favorite space lovers, sci-fi fans and collector friends.
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Weird Tailless Comet, First Ever Seen, Is a Building Block of Earth
(April 28, 2016)
A new kind of comet that is nearly tailless has been discovered — and the surprises don't stop there. It may even reveal clues about the building blocks of Earth.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Sunset:  7:55 PM
Darkness:  9:35 PM - 4:18 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 14, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, May 21, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 3, 2016
End Date:  Sunday, June 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sunset:  8:16 PM
Darkness:  10:07 PM - 3:51 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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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