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

Courtright Star Trail (3 hrs)
Fred Lusk - 8/23/2003
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Astronomy in the News (Space.com RSS Feed)
 
Best Space Stories of the Week — March 25, 2017
(March 24, 2017)
A Dragon returns, North Korea tests a rocket engine, a wheel breaks on Mars and a spacewalk streak begins — it's Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
(March 24, 2017)
See the best photos on Space.com this week.
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Planet Again? Pluto, Most Moons Count Under Proposed Definition
(March 24, 2017)
A group of planetary scientists is making the case for a new definition of a planet; this one would include Pluto and most moons. Here's why these researchers think the new definition is better.
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Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Orbital Record
(March 24, 2017)
The current mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is now the longest in the clandestine program's history.
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Planet or Dwarf Planet: All Worlds are Worth Investigating
(March 24, 2017)
Pluto's status as a "dwarf planet" is once again stirring debate. This comes as some planetary scientists are trying to have Pluto reclassified as a planet – a wish that's not likely to come true.
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Crumbling Comet? The Great Debate About Whether Rosetta Rock 67P is Breaking Apart
(March 24, 2017)
It is almost six months since the Rosetta spacecraft completed its operations at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimanko. The landing may have marked the end of data collection from the comet – but not the end of news about 67P.
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3 Cool Ways to Protect Your Eyes During the Total Solar Eclipse
(March 24, 2017)
Never look directly at the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, like the one that will occur on Aug. 21. Instead, use these tips for how to safely observe the cosmic event.
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Coming Events (Next 45 Days)
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CSUF Room EE-191 Club Meeting @ CSUF Room EE-191
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eastman Lake Star Party @ Eastman Lake
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunset:  7:48 PM
Darkness:  8:49 PM - 5:20 AM
River Park Star Party @ River Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Today's Astronomical Zodiac Constellation
 

Pisces (Fish)
March 12 - April 18
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 Pisces for 38 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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