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HAL's member star party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21st at Alpha Ridge Park at dusk. Garry Ingle hosts.

Celestial Searchers meets on Monday, October 23rd from 7-8pm at the Glenwood Library.  If it's clear, we'll be spending some time outdoors; so, dress warmly.  This meeting continues the exploration of the solar system and shares tips for observing the upcoming Leonids and Geminids meteor showers.  You're never behind at Celestial Searchers; so, if you can't make it to every meeting, still come when you can. (Celestial Searchers is an astronomy club for all kids K-6.)

There are just three HAL public star parties left in 2017. The next one at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 28th in Alpha Ridge Park is a double whammy. It is an offical STEM Pre-event and it's also International Observe the Moon Day. In addition to views of the Moon in the observatory and through HAL members scopes set up in the parking lot, there will be solar system demonstration and meteorite display tables set up on the sidewalk. Bob Savoy is star party host and solar system man.

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.

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 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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