President's Message
 
Welcome to the website of the Central Valley Astronomers! Astronomy is a wonderful hobby and profession, focusing on the study of the vastness of space beyond our planet. Depending on your level of expertise, it can be intimidating to wade through the variety of information and equipment available.
 
That, however, is exactly why we are here! Whether you just want to learn a few star and constellation names, or you want to photograph the heavens in their beauty, or anything in between, we can help you explore the options and make this fun hobby your own. Our membership comprises amateurs, professionals, and even teachers and professors. We have arranged a variety of activities to help you get to know us and learn about astronomy.
 
Our club meetings are a great way to meet our most active members face to face. Most meetings have an educational element, with a presentation by one of our members or a guest speaker, followed by coming events and general club business. Our dark sky star parties, typically at Eastman Lake, are the best way to learn about the various types of equipment available to amateur astronomers, be it a basic pair of binoculars or the many types of optics available today. We even do camping star parties up at Courtright Reservoir, for those who want to experience the darkest skies available in the area for multiple nights.
 
If you are wondering how to get started, please give one of us a call or send us an E-Mail. If you have an interest in space, we want to help you achieve your goals! Astronomy is a rewarding hobby and a wonderful adventure – we hope to see you soon!
 
Scott J. Davis, President
Central Valley Astronomers
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

Sagittarius
Fred Lusk - 7/25/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Marshall Space Flight Center: Test Site for NASA's Rockets
(January 21, 2018)
Marshall Space Flight Center plays a significant role in the American space program, from developing the rockets that carried the first U.S. astronaut into space to working on the system that could one day carry astronauts to Mars.
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Air Force Missile-Warning Command Center Makes Contact with New SBIRS Satellite
(January 21, 2018)
The Air Force 460th Space Wing says it is "talking" with the new SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite.
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Pisces Constellation: Facts About the Fishes
(January 21, 2018)
Pisces is one of the largest constellations, and also one of the faintest.
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Dust Storm in Space: Rosetta Probe Captured Comet Blizzard (Photo)
(January 21, 2018)
A newly released image, taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, depicts hundreds of dust particles barreling away from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which the probe orbited from August 2014 to September 2016.
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SpaceX, Iridium Set March 18 Launch Date for 5th Iridium Next Mission
(January 21, 2018)
SpaceX and mobile satellite services provider Iridium, now halfway through deploying the Iridium Next constellation, are preparing for their fifth mission on March 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Apollo 5 in Photos: NASA's First Lunar Module Test Flight
(January 21, 2018)
NASA's Apollo 5 mission launched on Jan. 22, 1968 and marked the first test flight of the Lunar Module that would eventually carry astronauts to the moon. See photos from the historic mission here!
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Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space
(January 21, 2018)
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space. She flew Vostok 6 in 1963, spending almost three days in space and orbiting Earth 48 times.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sunset:  5:43 PM
Darkness:  7:10 PM - 5:18 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Capricorn (Sea Goat)
January 19 - February 15
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 Capricornus for 28 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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