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
Monthly Club Meeting
In person and on Zoom.
December 12, 7pm
IN PERSON! And on Zoom.
December’s CHAOS meeting will be held in person at PBSNC/UNC-TV at 10 UNC TV Dr., Durham, NC 27709 (just off the Durham Freeway at exit 7).
Our speaker is Brand Fortner. Brand has talked with us numerous times in the past. He will be talking about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and the science behind eclipses.
Zoom link will be HERE.
Skywatching at Little River Regional ParkWednesday,
December 13,
8:00-10:00 pm
Lovely park north of Durham with dark skies. Expect to see a few Geminid meteors. Contact Amy at if you can bring a scope.
Hillsborough Solstice Lantern WalkThursday,
December 21,
5:00-8:00 pm
Telescopes will be set up on the lawn near the river. Please join us.
More information is here.
Monthly Skywatching at Staunton River State ParkSaturday,
Dec. 16th,
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Skywatching at this
Virginia State Park with CHAOS.
For more information and future monthly dates, please check here.
Spring Star Party at Staunton River State ParkMarch 4-10,
Information will be available in the spring at this page.
(Fall Star Party dates are September 30-October 6.)

Schedule a Skywatch

Are you a teacher? Scout Leader? We offer skywatch sessions, free of charge, for any educational purpose.We’ll bring one or more telescopes, depending on the size of the crowd. All…

Telescope Buying Guide

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

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. And below Vega, you’ll…

Latest Events and News

President’s Message

Hello CHAOS and guests, Well, it has been a while, April, since I’ve done a president’s message. Sorry for the long delay. Here we are in July and the summer…

Star Party Status

Even though the forecast for the Spring Star Party was bleak, it turned out to be another great event. We observed every night for at least two hours if not…

Star Party Experience

Read about one person’s stellar experience at Staunton River Park, and how she ended up connecting with CHAOS and the star party.

Welcome to the New Website

We hope you’ll look around. Is there something we’re missing that you’d like to see? Please post your feedback, questions, etc. to our new email server, If you were…