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

Keck Observatory HQ - Observatory Model
Fred Lusk - 6/7/2005
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Jupiter's Stripes Go Deep, and Other Surprises from Juno Probe
(October 19, 2016)
Jupiter's stripes are more than skin deep, according to observations by NASA's Juno probe, which has revealed many new surprises about the Jovian giant.
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The Mars Generation: Kicking the Can Down the Road
(October 19, 2016)
Since the early 1970s, we seem to always be about 20 years away from landing astronauts on Mars.
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Look Out Below! Landslides Spotted on Pluto's Moon Charon
(October 19, 2016)
On Pluto's moon Charon, scientists have found evidence of landslides. This is the first time this geologic feature has been discovered in the Kuiper Belt, according to New Horizons scientists.
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WATCH LIVE FRIDAY: New Crew Arrives at Space Station @ 6 a.m. EDT
(October 19, 2016)
A Russian Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station on Friday (Oct. 21) at 5:59 a.m. EDT (0959 GMT) to ferry a NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts to the orbiting laboratory. You can watch the arrival live here.
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Europe Lost Contact with Mars Lander 1 Minute Before Touchdown
(October 19, 2016)
The European Space Agency lost contact with its ExoMars Schiaparelli lander less than a minute before it was supposed to land on Mars, scientists say.
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ExoMars In Photos: Schiaparelli Probe's Mars Landing Day
(October 19, 2016)
The European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Wednesday (Oct. 19). The Schiaparelli lander's fate is unclear, but its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter entered Mars orbit as planned.
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Explosive Star System's Turbulent Relationship Revealed in Best View Yet
(October 19, 2016)
One of astronomy's most famous stellar pairs has formed strange structures in the windy zone between the stars, according to new observations from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope Interferometer.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sunset:  6:05 PM
Darkness:  7:33 PM - 5:55 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Sunset:  4:45 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:20 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:25 AM

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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