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Howard Astronomical League - Meetings

(Currently held virtually via Zoom and NOT at the locations noted below.)

All HAL Meetings (and star parties) are held in locations which are smoke free by law. Help us protect our ability to use these facilities by not smoking. Thanks.

Specific dates for the meetings below can be found on the HAL Calendar page. Additional information is communicated near the event in the howardastro Yahoo e-mail group.

HAL General Meetings (Open to the Public, Virtual via Zoom Until Further Notice)

This Year's Meeting Topics / Speakers or Jump to Next Meeting

  • HAL's monthly meetings are held at 7:00PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month at:

          The Robinson Nature Center (Map)

          6692 Cedar Lane

          Columbia, MD 21044


Click here for more information on this great new facility: Robinson Nature Center.


Note: The Robinson Nature Center closes at 5PM and reopens at 6PM just for the HAL meeting.
Do not arrive before 6PM or you will need to wait outside.

HAL Planning Meetings (Open to All Members, Virtually via Zoom until Further Notice)

  • Monthly Planning meetings to discuss future club direction, events, meeting topics, outreach, etc. are open to all members.  Attendance is  encouraged. These are held from 7:00-8:00PM on the first Monday of most months* at:

    Wegman's Market 2nd Floor Dining Area (Map)
    8855 McGaw Rd
    Columbia, MD 21045

* Sometimes the normal Planning Meeting date falls on a holiday in which case the meetings could be either cancelled or rescheduled. Occasionally, the meetings get cancelled or rescheduled due to board member unavailability. Therefore, check the calendar page, the top of the home page, and/or posting on the howardastro e-mail group to be sure a specific meeting will be held.

2021 General Meeting Topics / Speakers
Jan. 21

Thursday, January 21st, 2021 beginning at 7:00PM

Topic: NOAA'S Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

Presenter: Ted Leoutsakos, NASA - JPSS Deployed Systems Team Senior Engineer

Quick Zoom Link - more options on our home page.

Ted Leoutsakos

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the nation's new generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system. JPSS is a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its acquisition agent, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). JPSS provides critical environmental satellite data to support NOAA's ongoing mission to understand and predict changes in the weather, oceans and climate.

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