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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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From stargazing to great lectures. There's always something going on in our department. 


Various dates and times.

Our department holds weekly colloquia featuring talks by our faculty and guest speakers from other institutions.  We also host a Public Lecture Series.

Stargazing at the Melton Observatory

Monday Nights 8-10 p.m.

This historic observatory on the Horseshoe of the USC Columbia campus is currently open to the public on clear Monday nights from 8 to 10 p.m., 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, clusters, and more through our telescopes free of charge!  More Information.

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