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The March members-only star party is coming up at Alpha Ridge Park on Saturday, March 25th at dusk. Bob Provine hosts.

Celestial Searchers meets on Monday, March 27th at 7PM at the Glenwood Public Library on Rt. 97 in Glenwood, MD. This is open to all kids K-8. This month's topic is the sun. There will be solar observing outside before the meeting, weather permitting. For more info see the HAL Calendar entry for this date or the Celestial Searchers web page.

HAL's April planning meeting will be held on Monday April 3rd at 7PM in the 2nd floor dining area of Wegmans Grocery in Columbia. All HAL members are invited to come. Among other topics, we will be discussing the roll-out of HAL's library housed in the observatory. Member feedback on how the checkout/checkin process should work is welcome.

The next public star party is on Saturday, April 8th at Alpha Ridge Park at dusk. Chris Miskiewicz is the outside host. Jim Johnson is your observatory host.

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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