Recent Events

Total Solar Eclipse comes to Orangeburg, August 21, 2017.

Physics graduate Myles McKay talks about his time at SCSU.

SC State Observes a Transit of Mercury

SC State University, Orangeburg, SC
May 9, 2016

A transit of the planet Mercury as viewed from Earth occurs when Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth. Mercury appears as a small black circle or dot projected onto the disk of the Sun and the entire event lasts several hours.

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SCSU Faculty Present at MASC

Furman University, Greenville, SC
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Physics faculty Drs. Smith and Walter made presentations at the April 23, 2016, Meeting of Astronomers in South Carolina (MASC) held at Furman University.

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Total Solar Eclipses: From Indonesia to South Carolina

Speaker: Dr. Donald Walter
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Location: ECSC Auditorium Room 100

The recent March 2016 total solar eclipse in Indonesia was observed by a large number of teams from across the globe who traveled to the islands for the event, including a student-faculty pair from South Carolina State University. We present the results of our observations from that trip. Additionally, we will discuss the upcoming August 2017 total solar eclipse that will pass through South Carolina and be visible from the campus of SC State.

To view the presentation go here.

TIP: Piloting a Physics Partnership: Year 3 Update

February 24-25, 2016
Washington, DC

The SC State and OCtech NSF-funded HBCU-UP TIP project presented a summary of its results at the national meeting.

For more information go here.

Dr. Smith Presents at National AAPT Meeting

January 9-12, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Physics Professor Dr. Daniel M. Smith, Jr. presented his work at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

For more information go here.

SCSU Physics Student and Faculty Present at AAS Winter 2016

January 4-8, 2016
Kissimmee, FL

Senior physics major Myles McKay and Drs. Cash, Smith and Walter made presentations at the national 2016 Winter Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

For more information go here.

Physics Major to Intern at Space Telescope Science Institute

Baltimore, Maryland
Summer 2015

Myles McKay a Senior Physics/Astronomy Major at SCSU will be interning this summer (2015) at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information go here.

2015 National Society of Black Physicists

Baltimore, Maryland
February 25-28, 2015

SCSU faculty and students attend National Society of Black Physicists Meeting.

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SC State and OCtech HBCU-UP TIP Project Presents at PI Meeting

February 18-19, 2015
Washington, DC

The SC State and OCtech NSF-funded HBCU-UP TIP project presented a summary of its results at the national meeting.

For more information go here.

Partnership in Observational and
Computational Astronomy (POCA)

NSF logo

POCA, funded under an National Science Foundation Program: Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE), represents a partnerships between South Carolina State University, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Clemson University. The mission of POCA is to develop an effective, long-term partnership that combines the strengths of the three institutions to increase the scientific and educational output of all the partners with special emphasis on enhancing diversity in the field of astronomy.

Robotically Controlled Telescope


SC State is a charter member of the RCT Consortium which has taken over management of the 1.3-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, approximately 50 miles west of Tucson, Arizona. Faculty members and students use the facility in its robotic mode by submitting observing scripts each night. The telescope carries out the requests without human intervention and delivers the data each morning over the Internet. A wide range of astronomical objects are studied by SC State and its RCT partners Western Kentucky University and Villanova University as well as by other national and international groups.

NASA Programs

Center for NASA Research & Technology

CNRT telescope

From August 1995 through February 2009, NASA funded research, educational and public outreach programs at SCSU. This link will open a collection of web pages describing these programs.

Cosmology for Non-Science Majors


Cosmology is the scientific study of how the universe began and evolved, and the people who do this work are called cosmologists.

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