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Public Star Party:
HAL's next general meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 7PM. This will be preceded by "Astroschool" in the same room at 6:15PM. Astroschool covers basic astronomy topics of interest to beginners and experienced amateurs alike. The guest speaker at the main meeting will be Dr. Albert Holm, Retired. Formerly a staff member for OAO-A2, the International Ultraviolet Explorer, and the Hubble Space Telescope. His talk is entitled: "Out of this World Astronomy: The Orbiting Astronomical Observatory-A2"

HAL meetings are held on the lower mezzanine level of the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia. Just follow the signs.

The Celestial Searchers meeting will be held on Monday, March 25th at 7PM in the Glenwood Library on Rte 97 in Glenwood, MD. This is open to all kids K-6. Click the following link for more information about Celestial Searchers.

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 Jan & Feb). 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.

The Leona and David Illig Donation Plaque Mounted on the Telescope Pier 8/18/2018
HAL Makes David Assist with Plaque Installation as His "Just" Reward. Thanks Illig's!

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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