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HAL's first virtual public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16th from 7-9PM. A Zoom link will be published here and on the howardastro Yahoogroup in the near future.

NOTE: THIS IS A DATE CHANGE. THE ORIGINAL DATE WAS ON PASSOVER SO THE MEETING IS MOVED OUT ONE WEEK.


Due to the coronavirus, all HAL "live" events are cancelled until further notice. Members only impromptu star parties are also on hold since HCR&P has closed & locked all county parks. It is currently planned to hold the monthly board of directors meeting and the HAL public meeting "virtually" using Zoom as noted above.

The Celestial Searchers organization is now defunct. Current and potential Celestial Searchers members, check this page for more extremely important information.

Check back frequently for updates. HAL looks forward to getting back to normal as soon as prudent. We look forward to seeing everyone and again showing members of the public the wonders of the night sky.

Welcome
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.

Join Us
for our Star Parties and Outreach events. We also provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

Information
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 and March & April 2020). 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.

HAL is proud to have official affiliations with:

RNC Robinson Nature Center Astronomical League
Howard County Recreation & Parks

Alpha Ridge Park
International Dark Sky Association
Howard County Conservancy Alpha Ridge Park

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