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

Waxing Gibbous Moon (63%)
Scott Davis - 1/20/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
President Trump Hails NASA's Space Exploration Spirit in Weekly Address
(March 25, 2017)
President Donald Trump used his weekly address Saturday (March 25) to praise NASA's legacy of exploration and discovery in a video that also marked Trump's signing of the 2017 NASA authorization bill earlier in the week.
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Astronomers to Peer Into a Black Hole for 1st Time with Event Horizon Telescope
(March 25, 2017)
Since first mentioned in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Perhaps part of the allure is that these enigmatic objects have never actually been "seen."
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Chris Hadfield Hosts 'Miniverse' On Curiosity Stream - Trailer
(March 25, 2017)
The former Canadian Space Agency astronaut and internet sensation is bringing space “down to Earth” in a new web series on Curiosity Stream.
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Take a Solar System 'Road Trip' with Astronaut Chris Hadfield in 'Miniverse'
(March 25, 2017)
The solar system is shrunk down to the size of the continental United States in a new online movie hosted by retired astronaut Chris Hadfield. Joined by a few traveling companions, Hadfield makes his way from coast to coast, and planet to planet.
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The Most Amazing Space Stories of the Week!
(March 24, 2017)
A Dragon returns, North Korea tests a rocket engine, a wheel breaks on Mars and a spacewalk streak begins — it's Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
(March 24, 2017)
See the best photos on Space.com this week.
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Planet Again? Pluto, Most Moons Count Under Proposed Definition
(March 24, 2017)
A group of planetary scientists is making the case for a new definition of a planet; this one would include Pluto and most moons. Here's why these researchers think the new definition is better.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunset:  7:48 PM
Darkness:  8:49 PM - 5:20 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Pisces (Fish)
March 12 - April 18
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 Pisces for 38 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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