Dr. Mel Blake

Assistant Professor

Director, UNA Planetarium and Observatory

Office: Planetarium

Telephone:(256) 765-4284

Fax: (256) 765-4795


Personal Website: Mel's Website


Mel's research area is mainly in time-variable phenomena in astronomy including binary and variable stars and active galaxies. Recent efforts include studying the close binary star UU Psc at David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill Ontario. Mel has also worked at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, North Carolina. At UNA, Mel is preparing a research project with students to study long-term evolution of stars and variability in star forming regions.

Mel teaches courses in introductory astronomy and physics.