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HAL's observatory should be completed before the end of 2014 with the Grand Opening in early Spring of 2015. Details to come.

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HAL's next Library Outreach event is coming up on Oct. 1st at the Howard Country Central Library (across from Columbia Mall) from 7-9PM. HAL members will have telescopes set up on the sidewalk by the library entrance for public viewing. If needed, the rain date is Oct. 2nd.

On Thursday Oct. 2nd HAL will hold its monthly planning meeting at 7PM at the Columbia Cosi Restaurant. All members are invited to attend.

At 9:30AM on Saturday Oct. 4th the HAL Dome committee will meet at the Howard County Western Regional Park Maintenance facility on Carrs Mill Rd in Glenwood, MD. The goal is to complete preparation of our 15" fiberglass ProDome so that it is all ready to erect on top of the observatory when construction gets to that point. All HAL members are invited to come and help out. We should be done no later than 2PM.

The next HAL Public Star Party coincides with Fall Astronomy Day on Saturday, Oct. 4th. It will be held at Alpha Ridge Park and hosted by Dwane Miles.

to the website of the Howard Astronomical League, Central Maryland's premier astronomy club! HAL is an amateur astronomy club located in Howard County, Maryland. We hold monthly meetings on the lower level of the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD, conduct public star parties at Alpha Ridge Park and provide community outreach events at various locations - often in Howard Country Library parking lots. We invite everyone to be a part of astronomy in Central Maryland. You will find information about our meeting dates on our Meetings page. Information on membership is located on the Join HAL page.
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also for our Star Parties and Outreach events. In addition, we provide an e-mail group for communication of timely club News and for astronomical discussions.

to help you plan your observing sessions is available either 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 -- but if its cloudy, come play in our Kid's Korner section instead!

HAL's Observatory
construction is underway. The site selected is Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, MD. (This is where we currently hold our star parties.). It will house HAL's Watson Telescope. Full details about the Observatory and the Watson Telescope are documented on this website. These pages are great resources to help keep abreast of this exciting project.

HAL is proud to have official affiliations with:

RNC Robinson Nature Center CSearchers

Celestial Searchers

Astronomy for Howard County Kids (K-8)


International Dark Sky Association

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