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HAL's monthly planning meeting will be held on Monday, May 1st in the 2nd Floor dining area of Wegmans Grocery in Columbia. All HAL members are urged to attend and held decide the direction that the club is taking. It's a better opportunity to find out the club's inner workings and to get your voice heard than at the monthly public meetings.


HAL's next public star party will be held at dusk on Saturday, May 6th at Alpha Ridge Park. It will be preceded at 7:30PM by the ribbon cutting ceremony for HAL's new solar walk which let's you stroll around the park from the sun to Pluto ending up at the HAL Observatory.


Want to find out what happened at a recent HAL outside event? Click to view all star party and outreach events for this year or any of the previous five years.

Welcome
to the Howard Astronomical League. HAL is an 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 the "HALO" observatory, and provide community outreach events at various Howard County locations - often in public library parking lots. We invite everyone to be a part of amateur astronomy with us. You will find information about our meeting dates on the Our Meetings page. Information on membership is located on the HAL Membership page.
Join Us
for our Star Parties and Outreach events. We also provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

Information
to help plan your observing sessions is available 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.

HAL's Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park (HALO)
is open monthly (excepting Dec through Feb). It houses HAL's 12" Newtonian telescope. Check these web pages for full details about the observatory and the 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)
Howard County Recreation & Parks

Alpha Ridge Park
Astronomical League
Howard County Conservancy International Dark Sky Association

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