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The Regions of the Astronomical League provide a place for amateur astronomers to meet other astronomers in the same area and learn from each other.

The Mid East Region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, the southern half of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Objective of the Astronomical League (AL)

The Astronomical League's objective is to promote the science of astronomy

  • by fostering astronomical education;

  • by providing incentives for astronomical observation and research;

  • by assisting communication among amateur astronomical societies.

The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. We want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

The mission of the Astronomical League is clearly stated in the masthead: to promote the science of Astronomy. The major benefit of belonging to this organization is receiving the quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, which keeps you in touch with amateur activities all over the country. The chance to meet the people you read about there occurs during our annual National Convention, or at one of the ten regional conventions that the Astronomical League sponsors.

The easiest way to become part of the Astronomical League is to join one of our member societies close to you. A benefit of membership in this society is membership in the Astronomical League and part of your society dues goes to pay for your Reflector subscription.

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