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
October Meeting Moved to the 20th
We have moved our October club meeting, originally scheduled on October 27, to Saturday, October 20. This change is necessary due to the fact that Fresno State is hosting Hawaii that evening, which would make attendance, traffic, and parking very difficult. The October 20 meeting will feature a presentation on Apollo 13, the technical issues they experienced, and the ingenuity required to solve them and bring them back to Earth safely. We hope to see you there!
Club Announcement
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE YOUNG ASTRONOMERS PROGRAM!
We are excited and pleased to announce that we are taking applications for the 2019 program year of the Young Astronomers Program. This one-year program is designed to teach young minds what they need to know to be an active amateur astronomer.
 
Completers of this program will receive their own 6-Inch Dobsonian telescope! Please head over to the "Young Astronomers Program" menu to get started and find out more. Use the "Contact Us" page to contact the Education Coordinator if you have any questions. To be considered, applications must be RECEIVED by October 31!
 
Random Astrophoto From the Gallery

M67 Open Cluster
Scott Davis - 4/14/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
2019 Breakthrough Prize Honors Pulsar Discovery, 'Multi-Messenger Astronomy' and More
(October 16, 2018)
This year's Breakthrough Prize honors pulsar discoverer Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a pioneer in the field of multi-messenger astronomy, gravitational-wave researchers and scientists investigating the nature of gravity and the quantum realm.
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Keanu Reeves' Sci-Fi Film 'Replicas' Get a Gorgeous New Trailer
(October 16, 2018)
"Replicas," Keanu Reeves new, little-known, indie sci-fi movie looks awesome in a brand-new trailer.
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Mysterious Signals at the Center of Our Galaxy May Be an Optical Illusion
(October 16, 2018)
The universe might be tricking us with its optical illusions.
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'First Man' Cameos, Easter Eggs Add Even More Space History to Film
(October 16, 2018)
"First Man" is a movie steeped in even more space history than audiences might be aware. Here's a look at the hidden details, or "easter eggs," that maybe only eagle-eyed space geeks might notice.
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Powerful Cosmic Flash Is Likely Another Neutron-Star Merger
(October 16, 2018)
Cataclysmic mergers of the superdense stellar corpses known as neutron stars may be common across the cosmos, a new study suggests.
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Jam-Resistant US Military Communications Satellite Lifts Off in Midnight-Hour Launch
(October 16, 2018)
An advanced U.S. military communications satellite soared into space in the midnight hour Wednesday (Oct. 17), lighting up the sky over Florida as it launched into orbit.
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Spaceflight, SETI Communities Mourn Passing of Paul Allen
(October 15, 2018)
The death of billionaire technologist, philanthropist and private-spaceflight entrepreneur Paul Allen has hit hard for people from many different walks of life. Read a few tributes to him from folks in the spaceflight and SETI communities.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, October 20, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Sunset:  4:54 PM
Darkness:  6:23 PM - 5:05 AM
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

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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