of Central Maryland
The next HAL members star party is on Saturday, September 12th at Alpha Ridge Park. Chris Todd hosts.
HAL's September general meeting will be held on Thursday, the 17th at 7PM on the lower level of the Robinson Nature Center. This event is open to the Public. HAL Member Dennis Conti will give a presentation on detection of exoplanets by amateurs astronomers.
On Saturday, September 19th from 7-9PM, HAL is supporting a special Howard County Recreation and Parks event called Sky Scanning. In order to attend this event you must register on the HCR&P website or call them and pay a fee. This event is not otherwise open to the Public. Attendance is limited to the first 40 registrants.
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.
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:
|Robinson Nature Center||
Astronomy for Howard County Kids (K-8)
|Howard County Conservancy|
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