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Physics and Astronomy

Contact the Melton Observatory

The Melton Observatory is located on the campus of the University of South Carolina at the intersection of Greene St. and Bull St. across from the Russell House Bookstore.

Email the observatory at (preferred method of communication).
Call the observatory at (803) 777-4180.

Public Observing Hours...

Monday nights year-round, weather permitting.
Current Hours: 9-11 pm
EST Hours: 9-11 pm

We may also open for special astronomical events, such as a lunar eclipse, etc. These events will be posted on our homepage and on our Facebook page as they become available.

Physical Address...

1429 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Mailing Address...

Melton Observatory
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
712 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Observatory Staff...

Kyle Lackey graduated from the University of South Carolina in May, 2015 with a B.S. in Physics and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics there. He is currently teaching observatory classes at USC and conducting research in galaxy morphology, evolution, and star formation for the USC Astronomy group - in particular, the unusual structure of Polar Ring Galaxies.


Krystal Rolon is a second year physics student who has been volunteering at the observatory since Fall 2015. Krystal is the president of the USC Sociecty of Physics Students (SPS) and a member of the USC Astronomy Club. Her hobbies include robotic design, golf, reading, and cooking.