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Check out HAL's new solar system walk at Alpha Ridge Park. Drop by and take a self guided walking tour any time the park is open - normally every day from dawn to dusk.

If interested in learning more before you go, check here: or as a clickable link under the "HAL Info" dropdown menu above.

HAL's next planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 5th rather than Monday the 3rd due to the long holiday weekend. As usual it will be held in the 2nd floor dining area of Wegmans Grocery in Columbia. All HAL members are invited.

Howard County Recreation & Parks is teaming up with the Howard Astronomical League for a fun evening of science, engineering, arts, crafts, games, astronomy and much more on Saturday, July 8th from 6:30PM-9:30PM at Alpha Ridge Park. Enjoy the many vendors providing interactive and dynamic STEAM activities for all to enjoy. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun for all ages.

  • Inflatables
  • Demonstrations
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games
  • Telescopes
  • Prizes

Preregistration required at $5 per participant
Information: Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 or
Registration: 410-313-7275 (voice/relay),, or 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046.

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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