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At the February Planning meeting several positions were filled or created and then filled. To see a list of those positions and who filled them, click here. If you are interested in serving on any of the committees, please contact the commitee chair.

HAL's February general meeting is coming up on Thursday the 18th at 7PM at the Robinson Nature Center on the Mezzanine Level. (Just follow the signs). Alice Bowman, the Mission Operations Manager for the New Horizons mission, will be our guest speaker.

Clear, dark winter skies provide some of the best celestial views of the year. Weather permitting, HAL usually holds a number of members only impromptu star parties before the star party season begins in March. Click here to sign-up today.

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

Astronomical League

Howard County Recreation & Parks

Alpha Ridge Park

Conservancy Howard County Conservancy

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