Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society

Welcome to CHAOS

Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society

We cater to all levels of astronomy fans, so if you’re only a beginner, that’s all right–read on

Upcoming events

EventDate Details
September Ice Cream Social
Maple View Farm Ice Cream
6900 Rocky Ridge Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
September 13

7:00-9:00 pm
Are you ready for some ice cream?
This is an in-person meeting for CHAOS members and families.
Bring your family and enjoy your heart’s desire in ice cream dishes. Have a sundae, a dip or a banana split. Yum!

If you’re not a member, it’s a good time to join.
CHAOS memberships are $25, and that covers the family. 
Come on out and meet your fellow club members. It’s always a great time AND the ice cream is on CHAOS.  
Observing at Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NCEvery Saturday
9:00-10:30 pm
(weather permitting)
Contact Jayme Hanzak if you are able to attend.
Staunton River State Park
Public Skywatching
September 24
8:00-10:00 pm
More information here.
Monthly Club Meeting via ZoomTuesday,
October 11
7 pm
Alan Howell will share his astrophotography (and techniques).
Zoom link here: (when we get closer)
Little River Regional Park
Public Skywatching
with Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
Friday, October 28, 7-9 pmStay tuned for more information.
Staunton River Star PartyOctober 24-30Stay tuned for more information.

Schedule a Skywatch

Are you a teacher? Scout Leader? We offer skywatch sessions, free of charge, for any educational purpose. We can’t use telescopes, as multiple people would be touching it. As an…

Telescope Buying Guide

Do you want to buy a telescope, but don’t know where to start? You might consider using a binocular first, to become acquainted with the night sky. You can see…

What’s in the Sky Tonight

Facing South, look to your right (West), and you will see the bright star Arcturus. The really bright star overhead is Vega. Left of Vega, you’ll see another bright star–Deneb….

Latest Events and News

President’s Message

Hello CHAOS, I can’t believe that it is already June. I must be still having fun. My last update was in February. Much has happened since then. A star party,…

Star Party Status

FALL STAR PARTY IS ON. October 24-30. Go here for more information:

Welcome to the New Website

We hope you’ll look around. We especially encourage you to try the Forum. It’s a bulletin board, intended to replace the current listserv, where we’ve been posting club email. Is…