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 Full Moon (100%)
Scott Davis - 5/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Image of the Day
(July 23, 2017)
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer captured this view of the northern lights from 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth at the International Space Station.
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NASA Unveils 2018 Launch Targets for Private Spaceships Built by Boeing, SpaceX
(July 23, 2017)
Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in some cases less than a year away.
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Mishap to Delay Launch of NASA Communications Satellite
(July 23, 2017)
NASA announced July 21 that the launch of a communications satellite previously scheduled for early August will be postponed to replace an antenna damaged during launch preparations.
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Germany's DLR to Fly Experiments on Blue Origin's New Shepard
(July 23, 2017)
The German Aerospace Center, Germany's space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle later this year as part of an effort to diversify its microgravity research efforts.
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Wow! See New Horizons' Next Flyby Target Blot Out a Star's Light
(July 23, 2017)
The New Horizons spacecraft's next flyby target blocked the light of an unnamed star on July 17, and mission scientists got a great look at the brief event.
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Are Mars' Trojan Asteroids Pieces of the Red Planet?
(July 23, 2017)
Asteroids that follow Mars in its orbit could be ancient pieces of the planet itself, a new study shows.
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Today in Space! July 24, 1950: First Launch from Cape Canaveral
(July 23, 2017)
Find out what happened on July 24, 1950, when the very first rocket to ever launch from Cape Canaveral blasted off into space.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Millerton Lake Star Party @ Millerton Lake
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Sunset:  7:55 PM
Darkness:  9:31 PM - 4:39 AM
Courtright Reservoir Star Party @ Courtright Reservoir
Start Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017
End Date:  Sunday, August 20, 2017
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sunset:  7:46 PM
Darkness:  9:20 PM - 4:47 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Cancer (Crab)
July 21 - August 9
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 Cancer for 20 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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