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

Lunar Eclipse (in progress)
Fred Lusk - 5/15/2003
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
Liftoff! SpaceX Nails Second Launch in Three Days
(June 24, 2017)
SpaceX nailed its second launch in three days today (June 25) with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 satellites owned by Iridium Communications.
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Space News Webcasts: SpaceX Launching 10 New Iridium Satellites
(June 24, 2017)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:25 p.m. EDT (1:25 p.m. PDT/2025 GMT). This will be the second time SpaceX has launched a batch of Iridium satellites.
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Today in Space! June 25, 1997: Russian Cargo Ship Collides with Mir Space Station
(June 24, 2017)
Find out what happened today in space on June 25, 1997, when a Russian Progress spacecraft collided with the Mir space station.
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Colorful Clouds on Jupiter by Juno
(June 24, 2017)
During Juno's seventh of 37 expected orbits, JunoCam captured this fantastical image showing many details of Jupiter's atmosphere.
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SpaceX to Launch 10 Communications Satellites Today: Watch Live
(June 24, 2017)
SpaceX is poised to launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit today (June 25), and you can watch it live here on
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SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 Rocket Photobomb Each Other's Selfies in Space
(June 24, 2017)
It's official: SpaceX's rockets and spaceships have caught the selfie bug in the final frontier.
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SpaceX Set for Second Falcon 9 Launch in Three Days
(June 23, 2017)
One day after putting Bulgaria's first communications satellite into orbit, SpaceX is preparing for a Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday (June 25).
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Sunset:  8:19 PM
Darkness:  10:07 PM - 4:06 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, July 21, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, July 23, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sunset:  8:15 PM
Darkness:  10:00 PM - 4:14 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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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