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
Tuesday, Aug 13th
7:00 pm

We will have Chris Gould (physics professor emeritus at NC State), speaking to our Group. Professor Gould’s talk will be about Nuclear Powered Rockets and space craft. (tentatively)

Please join us in person (at PBS North Carolina, located at 10 UNC TV Dr. in RTP. It is just west of the Durham Freeway/885) or on Zoom. Link is here.
Skywatching at Washington-Duke InnSaturdays
(weather permitting)
9:00-10:30 pm
Please email Jayme to let him know you’re coming.
Monthly Skywatching at Staunton River State ParkSaturday,
Aug. 3rd,
9:00 – 11:00 pm
Skywatching at this International Dark Sky Park in Virginia with CHAOS. For more information and future monthly dates, please check here.
Fall Star Party at Staunton River State ParkSeptember 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 and looking almost straight overhead, you’ll see two bright stars. The one to the right is Arcturus, and the one to the left is Vega. To the left…

Latest Events and News

Star Party Status

Registration for the October Star party will open in early July. The Spring event, although damp, was great fun. We had better than 50% participation. We were able to observe…

President’s Message

Hello my fellow astronomers, Here we are in March already and we just completed another star party. It was a little damp on the field. Several cars got stuck, but…

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…