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
Club Announcement
SPECIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE EVENT
We will be hosting a special event for observing the January 20 Total Lunar Eclipse. The event will run from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Downing Planetarium at Fresno State. The eclipse will hit maximum at around 9:12pm.
Club Announcement
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN INFORMATION
Because our observing events take place on land managed by federal agencies, our club is impacted by government shutdowns. Below is the status of our two most-used observing areas:
 
Eastman Lake: Open
Big Stump: Open
 
NOTE: The above is based on information found on websites or in the news. We cannot guarantee it is up to date at all times. If you visit either of these locations and find a different status, please contact the webmaster.
 
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)
 
Under a Blood Moon: A Look at Famous Lunar Eclipses in History
(January 18, 2019)
On the evening of Jan. 20, the moon will undergo a total eclipse, visible over all of the Americas.
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US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live
(January 18, 2019)
The United States plans to launch a hush-hush spy satellite Saturday (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live.
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Physicists Want to Build an Even More Powerful Atom Smasher at CERN
(January 18, 2019)
The search for the universe's hidden particles continues
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How Long Is a Day on Saturn? Scientists Finally Solve a Lingering Mystery
(January 18, 2019)
Set your timers for 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds — scientists have finally figured out how long a day lasts on Saturn, cracking a lingering mystery about the ringed gas giant.
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SpaceX to Shift Starship Work From California to Texas
(January 18, 2019)
Less than a week after laying off 10 percent of its employees, SpaceX said Jan. 16 that it plans to shift work on at least prototypes of its next-generation launch system from Los Angeles to Texas.
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Blue Origin to Launch 10th New Shepard Test Flight Monday
(January 18, 2019)
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system will fly for the 10th time on Monday (Jan. 21), if all goes according to plan.
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On This Day in Space! Jan. 19, 2006: New Horizons Launched
(January 18, 2019)
On January 19, 2006, NASA launched a spacecraft to Pluto! New Horizons is a spacecraft about the size of a grand piano, and it became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series!
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, January 19, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Downing Planetarium Lunar Eclipse Observing
     @ Downing Planetarium

Sunday, January 20, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Sunset:  5:26 PM
Darkness:  6:55 PM - 5:32 AM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, February 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Sunset:  5:55 PM
Darkness:  7:22 PM - 5:02 AM

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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