Dyer Observatory News

Special Talk on July 10th Telescope Night

Dr. David Weintraub, Vanderbilt astronomer and author of Is Pluto a Planet?, will give a talk focused on the New Horizons mission approach of the Pluto system.

“Closest approach to Pluto for NASA’s New Horizon’s mission occurs on July 14. On July 10, just days before that encounter, we’ll take a look at what we’ve learned so far, about Pluto and its moons, from measurements made by the instruments on New Horizons. In addition, we will preview what is still to occur over the next few days, as the spacecraft speeds through the Pluto system.”

The talk will be part of Dyer Observatory’s July Telescope Night at no additional charge.  The lecture will begin at 8:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  Regular Telescope Night viewing/activities will begin at 9:00 p.m.  To make a reservation for this special Telescope Night, please go to our reservation page.

How long until New Horizons makes its closest approach to Pluto?  Check out the NASA’s New Horizons mission page, which includes a countdown clock.

Also, check out the article by Dr. Weintraub about how studying our neighboring planets can give us some clues about water’s role in Earth’s evolution.


Bluebird on the Mountain – July 25th, 8:00pm

Performers for July are Chuck Cannon, Lari White, and another TBA.

Time: Gates open at 6:00 PM and the concert begins at 8:00PM.

Cost: $120 per car.  Tickets are required and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.


 
Want to tour around the observatory or check out the night sky through Dyer’s Seyfert Telescope? Open House Days are the first Tuesday of each month, and Telescope Nights are the second Friday of each month (start times vary).  Go to our Calendar page to see when our next Open House Days and Telescope Nights will be held and to make reservations.

 

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