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

The Pinwheel Cluster (M36)
Scott Davis - 2/10/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Downlink! New Space Game Depicts Spacecraft Launches & Science
(November 13, 2018)
Xtronaut Enterprises' latest board game — Downlink — will take players on a journey across the solar system, where up to six international agencies will do space missions for science.
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Barnard's Star b: What We Know About Nearby 'Super-Earth' Planet Candidate
(November 13, 2018)
There appears to be a cold "super-Earth" planet circling Barnard's Star, which lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Here's what you should know about the newfound planet candidate.
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Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star
(November 13, 2018)
Astronomers have found compelling evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun.
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Image of the Day
(November 13, 2018)
Earth's moon photobombs the sun in this view from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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On This Day in Space! Nov. 14, 1969: Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon
(November 13, 2018)
On Nov. 14, 1969, the Apollo 12 mission landed on the moon. This was the second moon landing of the Apollo program. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
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What Does Sunrise on Mars Sound Like? Listen Here.
(November 13, 2018)
Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it sound like?
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These Organic-Inspired Planetary Landers Could Help NASA Reach Other Worlds
(November 13, 2018)
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Autodesk, a software company, have engaged in a multiyear collaborative research project to investigate new approaches for building interplanetary landers.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, November 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Sunset:  4:43 PM
Darkness:  6:16 PM - 5:29 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Libra (Scales)
October 31 - November 22
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 Libra for 23 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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