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.
Total Solar Eclipses: From Indonesia to South Carolina
DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH SHOWCASE FOR FACULTY/STUDENTS
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.
Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy (POCA)
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.
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.