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No Scheduled Star Parties. Meetings
are Virtual Until Further Notice

The next HAL planning meeting is coming up on Monday, June 1st at 7PM. It is open to all HAL members and will be done "virtually" using Zoom. Members can find the Zoom information by clicking the Zoom link after logging into their HAL accounts.


NOTE: The county has decided to unlock all HCR&P gates as of 5/7/2020. Organized sporting events and picnics in the parks are still not allowed. However, HAL members are free to call members-only impromptu observing sessions via the closed hal_impromptu email list for Carrs Mill Park Only since it is easier to control social distancing there. None will be held at Alpha Ridge Park until further notice. Now if the weather will cooperate....


Due to the coronavirus, all other HAL "live" events are cancelled until further notice. The monthly board of directors meeting, Astroschool, the HAL public meeting, and various observing events will be held "virtually" using Zoom.

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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