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HAL's new Solar System Walk at Alpha Ridge Park is such a success that the relatively expensive, full-color solar system walk brochures are going fast. While users of the walk will always be welcome to take home the paper brochures, reuse is now being encouraged by adding a recycle box at the end of the walk plus some new signage.

One of the signs includes a QR code that lets users download and view the brochure on their smart phones. This brochure is also directly available for viewing, downloading, and/or printing on this website at : or as a clickable link under the "HAL Info" dropdown menu above.

The June members only star party will be held at dusk at Alpha Ridge Park on Saturday, June 24th. Everyone of this year's members star parties has been clouded out. Hopefully, we can reverse the trend this month! Bob Provine will host.

Since July 4th is on a Tuesday, many businesses are giving their employees a four day weekend by also making Monday part of the holiday. Due to this, the HAL planning meeting will NOT be held on Monday, July 3rd. Check back later for a reschedule date.

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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