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This Thursday, June 21st HAL holds its monthly meeting at 7PM on the lower, mezzanine level of the Robinson Nature Center. This meeting is open to the public. HAL's guest speaker is Richard Orr giving a talk entitled: "Tips on Observing Mars During the 2018 Opposition".

HAL's next Planning Meeting is coming up at 7PM on Monday, July 2nd in the 2nd Floor Dining Area of the Columbia Wegmans. All HAL members are invited to attend. Meetings normally last no more than one hour.

HAL's star party and outreach reports have started for 2018. Look here for reports during the star party season:

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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