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HAL's 2019 Board of Directors was elected at the January meeting. For a list of names and contact info: click here.

Celestial Searchers holds its monthly meeting on Monday, January 25th at the Glenwood Public LIbrary at 7PM. This is open to all area kids K-6.

HAL's February Planning meeting is the first for its new Board of Directors. Since the normal date falls during the Winter Star Party and several board members are going, this meeting is moving out one week to Monday, Feb. 11th. As usual, it will be held at 7PM in the 2nd floor dining room area of Wegmans in Columbia. This is a special meeting in that the 2019 Webmaster and Observatory Director are selected by the board as well as selection of various committee chairs for the coming year. All HAL Members are encouraged to attend.

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.

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for our Star Parties and Outreach events. We also provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

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 Jan & Feb). It houses HAL's 6 inch "Illig" Refracting telescope. Check these web pages for full details about the observatory. For a schedule of events at the observatory, check the HAL star parties page or the HAL calendar.

The Leona and David Illig Donation Plaque Mounted on the Telescope Pier 8/18/2018
HAL Makes David Assist with Plaque Installation as His "Just" Reward. Thanks Illig's!

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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