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HAL's Observatory Grand Opening event on July 25th at Alpha Ridge Park was a spectacular success. Check back soon for event photos and videos. Until then, many are already posted on the HAL Facebook page:

The observatory will now be open for all future star parties. For dates check here or here.

The next HAL planning meeting is coming up on Monday, Aug 3rd at 7PM in the 2nd floor dining area of Wegman's Grocery in Columbia. All members are welcome to attend.

There will be a Perseid meteor shower party on Wednesday, Aug 12th at the Howard County Nature Conservancy from 10PM - 1AM. This is not a HAL sponsored event. However, all members of the public are welcome to attend.

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 utilizing our new "HALO" observatory, 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 at Alpha Ridge Park (HALO)
is open for business! It houses HAL's 12" Watson Telescope. Check these web pages for full details about the Observatory and the Watson Telescope.For a schedule of events at the observatory, check the HAL star parties page or the HAL Calendar.

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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