VIRGO  VENTURE

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. The Virgo Cluster is a cluster of galaxies in the constellation Virgo comprising approximately 1300 (and possibly up to 2000) member galaxies The cluster forms the heart of the larger Virgo Supercluster, of which the Local Group is an outlying member. 

The first MAS Virgo Venture was held in 2002, and has been held annually at the Cherry Grove Observatory. The Venture is scheduled for the new moon weekend, usually one month after the Messier Marathon, when Virgo is in a prime viewing position. As with the Marathon, Friday is the primary night, with Saturday being the backup night.

As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.  See the MAS home page and the Virgo Venture Discussion on the forums for the latest information regarding the star party status. You can also call the MAS Message Service at 952-467-2426, after 4:00 pm the day of the event for the ”Go / No-Go” decision. 

Additional information on the Cherry Grove Observatory, including map and directions, can be found at the Cherry Grove webpage. Information regarding weather at Cherry Grove can be found on the MAS weather web page HERE.  Also see the Cherry Grove Event Schedule for the full list of Cherry Grove events.

 

Resources:

Here is a set of basic maps using a Telrad finder

and Greg Haubrich’s Virgo Cluster Asterism Chart

 


Upcoming CGO Virgo Venture

May
26
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

LLCC Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Long Lake Conservation Center
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
LLCC Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Long Lake Conservation Center

LLCC Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

 

The agreement between LLCC and the Minnesota Astronomical Society allows MAS members (and their immediate family members) to use LLCC facilities and grounds for astronomical observing on scheduled weekends.

With the exception of the Northern Nights StarFest, held in August, events held at LLCC are not open to the public. Only MAS members and their immediate family members are authorized to attend scheduled events.

For additional information concerning the use of LLCC, visit the MAS website at 

Unlike typical MAS star parties, LLCC star parties may be called ”on” for both Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

Begins at DUSK.    Cancelled if cloudy

May
27
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party (Alt)

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

LLCC Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Long Lake Conservation Center
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
LLCC Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Long Lake Conservation Center

LLCC Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

 

The agreement between LLCC and the Minnesota Astronomical Society allows MAS members (and their immediate family members) to use LLCC facilities and grounds for astronomical observing on scheduled weekends.

With the exception of the Northern Nights StarFest, held in August, events held at LLCC are not open to the public. Only MAS members and their immediate family members are authorized to attend scheduled events.

For additional information concerning the use of LLCC, visit the MAS website at 

Unlike typical MAS star parties, LLCC star parties may be called ”on” for both Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

Begins at DUSK.    Cancelled if cloudy