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

Moonbow on Upper Yosemite Fall
Fred Lusk - 4/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News ( RSS Feed)
NASA Re-Embraces the 'Worm,' Its Retro Cool Retired Logo, for New Merchandise
(May 24, 2017)
The "worm" is back at NASA, sort of. Twenty-five years after the agency unceremoniously retired the iconic logotype, the retro logo has fallen back into NASA's good graces, at least when it comes to new merchandise.
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Celebrate Star Wars' 40th Anniversary with Epic Soundtrack and Encyclopedia [Deal]
(May 24, 2017)
While there are hundreds of ways to celebrate the movie’s special anniversary, below we're listing two of our favorite.
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Image of the Day
(May 24, 2017)
Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, looks like a crescent moon in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
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Rocket Lab's Electron Mini Launcher Blasts Off in Debut Flight from New Zealand
(May 24, 2017)
Rocket Lab's four-year campaign to develop an inexpensive, dedicated rocket to put small satellites into orbit reached a major milestone today (May 25) with the debut launch of its two-stage Electron booster from a new commercial spaceport in New Zealand.
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June Full Moon 2017: How to See the Strawberry Minimoon
(May 24, 2017)
In June, observers will see a special type of full moon that comes only once a year: the minimoon, or a full moon that appears slightly smaller than usual.
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'Star Wars'! 40 Surprising Facts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
(May 24, 2017)
In honor of the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars: A New Hope," here are 40 surprising facts about the movie that started it all.
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NASA's Proposed 2018 Budget Could Push Europa Mission to Late 2020s
(May 24, 2017)
Congress will have to loosen the purse strings if it still wants NASA to launch a flyby mission to Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa by 2022, agency officials said.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Sunset:  8:11 PM
Darkness:  9:59 PM - 3:56 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, June 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Sunset:  8:22 PM
Darkness:  10:15 PM - 3:48 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, June 23, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Sunset:  8:24 PM
Darkness:  10:16 PM - 3:50 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation

Taurus (Bull)
May 14 - June 19
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 Taurus 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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