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 Pleiades
Chad Quandt - 11/24/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
This Student-Designed Aircraft Could Fly on Mars One Day
(August 22, 2016)
NASA student interns have successfully flown a prototype of a tiny, remote-control aircraft that could one day glide through Martian skies and send information back down to Earth.
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DARPA to Establish Satellite-Servicing Consortium to Discuss On-Orbit Repair Standards
(August 22, 2016)
The U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency plans to establish a consortium to discuss standards and practices for on-orbit satellite servicing as a corollary to Robotic Servicing of Geostationary Satellites (RSGS).
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The U.S. Air Force’s Next Launch Contract Up for Bid? An Experimental Satellite
(August 22, 2016)
The U.S. Air Force released a draft solicitation that sets up a competition between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to launch a multipurpose experimental satellite in late 2018.
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Stellar 'Time Bomb' Proves Cosmic Crime Doesn't Pay
(August 22, 2016)
Hubble spies a beautiful supernova remnant that was triggered by one greedy white dwarf.
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Big Kid: Massive Star Spotted Early in Life
(August 22, 2016)
Astronomers have caught a rare glimpse of an extremely massive star in the early stages of its life, gaining new insight into the way large stellar bodies like this form and evolve. The star has a mass 30 times that of Earth's sun, and it's still growing.
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Hello, STEREO-B! NASA Regains Contact with Long-Lost Sun Probe
(August 22, 2016)
NASA has finally re-established contact with a sun-watching probe that was once thought lost in space after it abruptly went silent in 2014.
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Venus-Jupiter Conjunction In August 2016 - Where To Look | Video
(August 22, 2016)
You'll have to wait until 2065 to see the two planets closer than they will be on August 27, 2016. Look to the western skies shortly after sunset to see this planetary dance.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sunset:  7:35 PM
Darkness:  9:06 PM - 4:57 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, September 2, 2016
End Date:  Monday, September 5, 2016
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sunset:  7:25 PM
Darkness:  8:55 PM - 5:04 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 17, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunset:  6:43 PM
Darkness:  8:09 PM - 5:02 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 15
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 Leo for 37 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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