Melton Memorial Observatory
This historic observatory on the Horseshoe of the USC Columbia campus is currently open to the public on clear Monday nights from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, weather permitting. Anyone is welcome to come by and observe through the 16-inch Cassegrain telescope in the dome and other small telescopes on the observatory deck. See the Moon, planets, stars, star clusters, and more through our telescopes free of charge!
Public Observing Information
Public observing nights are currently from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, weather permitting. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Ring Nebula will highlight this season's observing. It is also possible to observe the passage of orbiting satellites over Columbia, such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Current weather forecast from Accuweather.
Astronomer's forecast and clear sky chart from ClearDarkSky.com
We now have a live video stream posted to our website every clear Monday night! Live images from the telescope are available online during regular public observing hours.
Upcoming Special Events...
Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 3:30 pm
"Our Place in the Cosmos" - A Colloquium by Dr. Mario Livio
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Program Room (#132)
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00 pm
"Brilliant Blunders" - A Public Lecture by Dr. Mario Livio
University of South Carolina School of Law *
* This event is in the current Law School location, at 701 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208. It is not in the new School of Law, under construction elsewhere.