Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society

President’s Message

Happy December CHAOS

This month is one of my favorite months of the year. Not just because of the Christmas and New Years holidays, but because of the best meteor shower, I feel, of the year.

The Geminid meteors reach their peak on December fourteenth. We can expect to see as many as 120 meteors per hour. And they are everywhere in the sky. Just pick you portion of sky to watch and enjoy the show.

We also have a wandering guest. Comet Leonard(C/2021 A1) is going to be at its closest approach to the Earth on December 12th. A mer 35 million kilometers away. I hope everyone has the chance to get out and see it.

Our Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday December 15th because of meeting conflict for our guest speaker. Brand Fortner will be talking about “Betelgueuse” . Timely for the wonderful Constellation gracing our skies at this time of the year.

Okay, I hope everyone has a great holiday season. I look forward to seeing what cool astronomy stuff we receive this year. Everyone be safe.

Clear Skies!

Jayme Hanzak