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 Fireworks Galaxy (NGC6946)
Scott Davis - 7/7/2013
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Lagrange Points: Parking Places in Space
(August 20, 2017)
A Lagrange point is a location in space where the interaction between gravitational and orbital forces creates a region of equilibrium where spacecraft can maintain constant orbits.
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The Most Amazing 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photos Taken From Space
(August 20, 2017)
Here is a gallery of awesome photos of the ‘Great American Solar Eclipse’ taken by astronauts, satellites and stratospheric balloons!
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Solar Eclipse 2017 in Carbondale: Space.com is at the Crossroads
(August 20, 2017)
Space.com's Tariq Malik hits the road to Carbondale with Live Science's Denise Chow to cover the celestial event of the year, if not the century.
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Solar Eclipse from Orbit: Crew on Space Station Sees Moon's Shadow (Video, Photos)
(August 20, 2017)
As millions of people looked up to the sky to catch sight of the "Great American Eclipse," the six crewmembers on board the International Space Station gazed down to view the shadow of the moon darken the Earth below.
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Here Are 2017 Solar Eclipse Photos From Instagram, Twitter and the Web
(August 20, 2017)
See the first photos of the Great American Solar Eclipse and its crowds on Aug. 21 as they come in from Twitter, Instagram and around the web.
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Rare Coast-to-Coast Total Solar Eclipse Thrills Millions Across U.S.
(August 20, 2017)
For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse was visible to millions of spectators in the United States from coast to coast.
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President Trump Shows How Not to Watch an Eclipse
(August 20, 2017)
Doctors warned observers not to look at the partially eclipsed sun without wearing a pair of special glasses, but the president briefly ignored that advice.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunset:  7:06 PM
Darkness:  8:33 PM - 5:17 AM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake (Star-BQ)
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Sunset:  6:55 PM
Darkness:  8:22 PM - 5:23 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Leo (Lion)
August 10 - September 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 Leo for 37 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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