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The next HAL member's only star party is on Oct. 10th at Alpha Ridge Park. The observatory wiil initially be closed in order to adminster one CTO test, afterwards it will be open, weather permitting. Chas Rimpo hosts.

HAL's October General Meeting will be held on Thursday the 15th at 7PM on the Mezzanine level of the Robinson Nature Center. Former HAL President and Visual Observer Extraordinaire, Bob Prokop, presents: Ceres: The Other Minor Planet. This meeting is open to the public.

Join HAL for "Evening Under The Stars" on October 21st at the Howard County Central Library in Columbia. It's on Little Patuxent Parkway across from the Columbia Mall and adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion. HAL members will have telescopes set up on the sidewalk by the front door of the library from 6-9PM. Everyone is welcome.

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

AL Astronomical League

Howard County Recreation & Parks

Alpha Ridge Park

Conservancy Howard County Conservancy

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