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The nominations for the 2019 HAL Board of Directors are now open through 7PM on 1/16/19. The election will be held at the January HAL meeting on 1/17/19. Please send any self- or 3rd party nominations to HAL's election committee chair, Wayne Baggett, at All positions are open: President, 1st and 2nd VP, Treasurer, Secretary, and Event Coordinator.

The HAL November meeting was cancelled due to inclement weatherr. See everyone in December for the HAL meeting and potluck holiday party on 12/20. The November meeting slides are posted here:

HAL's final public star party of 2018 is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 1st at Alpha Ridge Park. Bob Savoy is the outside host. Jim Johnson and David Stein will be operating the observatory. This event is free and runs from 5PM to 11PM.

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.

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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