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Upcoming Events:

September 16th 7:00PM - HAL Planning Meeting (Open to All Members). HAL planning meetings are held on the 2nd floor of Wegmans in Columbia. NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE.

September 19th 6:15PM - AstroSchool followed by HAL's general monthly meeting at 7:00PM. HAL general meetings are held on the lower Mezzanine level at The Robinson Nature Center in Columbia.

September 22nd Noon-5PM - Robinson Nature Center 8th Anniversary. Free and open to the public. The is a HCR&P sponsored event but HAL will have a presence including solar scopes set up outside, weather permitting. Full info here.

September 28st 7:00PM - HAL's monthly Member's Star Party

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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