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
Club Announcement
MARCH 7 PRESENTATION PREVIEW
Our March 7 club meeting will feature a presentation by club member Larry Parmeter, who will be giving a presentation titled "Mars - The Past, Present, and the Future", which will explore what Mars was like in the distant past, what it is now, and what it holds for the future, especially in terms of human exploration and settlement.
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

The Owl Cluster
Scott Davis - 9/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Comet 67P: Target of Rosetta Mission
(March 3, 2015)
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is a small body visited by the Rosetta spacecraft in the first mission to land on a comet.
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Google Gives Lick Observatory $1 Million to Relieve Funding Woes
(March 2, 2015)
Tech giant Google will give $1 million to Lick Observatory, a University of California, Berkeley facility that has been battling for funds since 2013, the observatory announced today (Feb. 10).
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Norm Carlson, Who Gave 'Go' for NASA's Saturn V, Shuttle and Beans, Dies at 81
(March 2, 2015)
When U.S. astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with the traditional crock of beans. If so, they'll be honoring the legacy of test director Norm Carlson, too.
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Vanishing Binary Star Calibrates Space-Time Warp | Animation
(March 2, 2015)
Two stars, each more massive than our Sun but orbiting 100 times closer, affect each others gravity wells allowing astronomers to gauge space-time itself.
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LEGO 'Star Wars' Show Heading to Disney: Report
(March 2, 2015)
"Star Wars" is about to get the LEGO treatment. Disney XD is planning to air "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" later in 2015, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter. The five-episode series will act as a re-telling of the six "Star Wars" films from
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Mars on Earth: Mock Space Mission Examines Trials of Daily Life
(March 2, 2015)
Put six people into an isolated environment for months at a time, and lots of things can happen: frustration, conflict, or at best — a tight-knit group of people working happily for a common goal.
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Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?
(January 27, 2015)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 7, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Sunset:  7:13 PM
Darkness:  8:40 PM - 5:34 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sunset:  7:38 PM
Darkness:  9:10 PM - 4:48 AM
Downing Planetarium Solar Viewing
     @ Downing Planetarium

Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Aquarius (Water Bearer)
February 16 - March 11
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 Aquarius for 24 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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