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 and summer.
Located on Greene Street near the Horseshoe, the almost 90-year-old observatory is free and open to the public on Monday nights year round. 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 Aug. 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.