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HAL's general meeting will be held on Thursday, July 16th at 7PM at the Robinson Nature Center on the Mezzanine level (just follow the signs). Ernie Wright will give a talk about the Apollo 8 Earthrise photograph.

The Howard Astronomical League Observatory (HALO) at Alpha Ridge Park's rescheduled Dedication will be held at 7:00PM on July 25th followed by a public star park at dusk. See this document for additional details.

Celestial Searchers annual Star-B-Q will be held on Saturday, July 25th at Alpha Ridge Park starting at 6PM in Pavilion 1. Afterwards Celestial Searchers and their families are invited to attend the HALO dedication and star party.

to the website of the Howard Astronomical League, Central Maryland's premier astronomy club! HAL is an amateur astronomy club located in Howard County, Maryland. We hold monthly meetings on the lower (mezzanine) level of the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD, conduct public star parties at Alpha Ridge Park, and provide community outreach events at various locations - often in Howard Country Library parking lots. We invite everyone to be a part of astronomy in Central Maryland. You will find information about our meeting dates on our Meetings page. Information on membership is located on the Join HAL page.
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also for our Star Parties and Outreach events. In addition, we provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

to help you plan your observing sessions is available either on the Calendar page, or the Astrolinks page -- where you can check for moonrise times, Iridium flares, International Space Station sightings, Jupiter's Great Red Spot transit and a lot more. And don't forget to check the Weather before you venture out -- but if its cloudy, come play in our Kid's Korner section instead!

HAL's Observatory
construction is underway. The site selected is Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, MD. (This is where we currently hold our star parties.). It will house HAL's Watson Telescope. Full details about the Observatory and the Watson Telescope are documented on this website. These pages are great resources to help keep abreast of this exciting project.

HAL is proud to have official affiliations with:

RNC Robinson Nature Center CSearchers

Celestial Searchers

Astronomy for Howard County Kids (K-8)


International Dark Sky Association

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