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.  

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

Greg Haubrich’s Virgo Cluster Asterism Chart

and Jerry’s Virgo Venture checklist

 


Upcoming CGO Virgo Venture

May
22
Fri
Virgo Venture – Star Party @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Virgo Venture - Star Party @ Cherry Grove Observatory

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

This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like Cherry Grove should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.

Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.

May
23
Sat
Virgo Venture – Star Party (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Virgo Venture - Star Party (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

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

This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like Cherry Grove should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.

Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.