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 (annotated)
Fred Lusk - 4/25/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Star Trek: Discovery': Voyage into the F-Bomb Frontier Follows a History of TV Cursing
(October 19, 2017)
While "Star Trek: Discovery's" F-bomb this week is not the first time Trekkies heard swearing in the final frontier, fans were still shocked by the series' first appearance of the F-word.
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'Gone, Gone, Gone!' Styx Teams Up with NASA for Megarocket Music Video
(October 19, 2017)
Legendary rock band Styx and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center have teamed up for a Space Launch System music video featuring the song "Gone Gone Gone."
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Spacewalking Astronauts Install New Cameras and Prep Space Station for Robotic Work
(October 19, 2017)
Two NASA astronauts tackled a third spacewalk in just two weeks today (Oct. 20), venturing outside the International Space Station to install a new high-definition camera, replace another faulty camera and take care of other routine maintenance.
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Watch Early Orionid Meteors Light Up the Sky (Video)
(October 19, 2017)
Astrophotographer Victor Rogus captured an early view of the Orionid meteor shower, peaking this weekend, in this striking video from Arcadia, Florida.
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The Best Space Gifts for Kids 2017
(October 19, 2017)
From robots to rockets and toddler-size telescopes, here are Space.com's picks for the best space and STEM gifts for kids this holiday season.
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Space Gifts 2017: The Best Gift Ideas in the Universe
(October 19, 2017)
This holiday season get your space-loving loved one something really out of this world. Whether you're shopping for a hardcore fan or a general space buff, it's illogical not to consider these stellar gifts and gadgets.
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Messier's List: Hubble's Stunning Views of Deep-Sky Objects
(October 19, 2017)
The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped views of 93 deep-sky objects from French astronomer Charles Messier's famous list. Here are some of the most spectacular.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunset:  6:15 PM
Darkness:  7:42 PM - 5:48 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunset:  4:49 PM
Darkness:  6:19 PM - 5:13 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Virgo (Virgin Maiden)
September 16 - October 30
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 Virgo for 45 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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