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

The Butterfly Cluster (M6)
Scott Davis - 7/8/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
James Webb: Early NASA Visionary
(November 20, 2017)
James E. Webb was an early NASA administrator who saw beyond the politics of the space race and established a firm foundation for the space agency based on science and exploration.
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Kuiper Belt Objects: Facts about the Kuiper Belt & KBOs
(November 20, 2017)
Beyond Neptune, the Kuiper Belt is a vast region of icy objects called Kupier Belt Objects (KBOs), including dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Maumea and Makemake — and possibly a true ninth planet.
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NASA Headquarters: Facts and Information
(November 20, 2017)
An overview of NASA HQ, which oversees the space agency's many science, exploration and spaceflight activities.
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Virgin Orbit Wins First Defense Department Launch Contract
(November 20, 2017)
Virgin Orbit announced Nov. 16 that it has received its first launch contract for a LauncherOne mission from a Defense Department agency.
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Which Melting Glacier Threatens Your City the Most? NASA Tool Can Tell You
(November 20, 2017)
Melting ice affects sea level rise differently depending on where it happens, according to a new model NASA is using to study the changing climate.
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Lego's Awesome Women of NASA Building Set in Photos
(November 20, 2017)
Four outstanding women from NASA’s history got the Lego treatment in the new Women of NASA set.
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'Survival in the Skies': Miniseries Explores Space and Aviation Inventions
(November 20, 2017)
Smithsonian Channel is producing a show that will tell the stories behind the incredible pieces of technology that made human spaceflight possible.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sunset:  4:45 PM
Darkness:  6:18 PM - 5:34 AM

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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