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
11
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 11 @ 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.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

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

May
12
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 12 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ 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.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

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

May
18
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 18 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ 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.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

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

May
19
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ 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.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

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