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HAL's next general meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19th at 7PM on the Mezzanine level of the Robinson Nature Center. Lou Mayo, NASA, Sciences and Exploration Directorate and HAL member will give a talk entitled: NASA Science Results from the August 21st 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. This meeting is open to the Public.

The Celestial Searchers Astronomy Group's Annual Star-B-Q will be held at 7PM on Saturday, July 21st at Alpha Ridge Park. CS & HAL Members will receive additional information via email. This will be followed at 8:30 by a PublicStar Party. Joel Goodman is the Star-B-Q and HAL Public Star Party host.

HAL's star party and outreach reports for past 2018 events can be found here:

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.

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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