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Stargazing at the Melton Observatory

Astronomers at the Melton Memorial Observatory are ready to serve as your tour guide of the night sky on Mondays this spring.

Located on Greene Street adjacent to the Horseshoe, the almost 90-year-old observatory is free and open to the public on Monday nights. It’s home to a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope in the dome and other small telescopes on the observatory deck that make seeing the moon, planets, and stars easy. The supermoon last fall and the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 are turning people’s eyes skyward. Columbia has been identified as one of the top places to experience the first total eclipse to cross the entire continental U.S. in almost 100 years. 

Read more about the Melton Observatory open nights and preparations for the eclipse in the feature story from @UofSC Today on Friday, April 7, 2017.