Dyer Observatory

Our mission is to inspire public interest in science, technology, engineering, math and astronomy through community events, student outreach, and educational resources.

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Explore with Us

From field trips and summer camps, to telescope nights, Meet the Astronomer evenings and concerts under the stars, we welcome you to discover Dyer Observatory.

A Tennessee Treasure

Crowning one of Nashville's tallest peaks, our telescopes have pointed toward the sky since 1953. We are surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

June 20 at 8pm, Meet the Astronomer

This talk will take a look at a few of the many fictional faces of Mars, starting with The War of the Worlds and ending with The Expanse; discussing how the way we look at this mirror is shaped by our scientific understanding of the planet, the society doing the looking, and the layers of stories we have already told.

Buy tickets to join us in person, or watch the talk for free on YouTube.


Monthly Astro Calendar

Download the calendar every month to keep up with events and to take a look back at fascinating dates in aerospace and science history.

New on YouTube: Meet the Astronomer

Throughout much of human history, there was only one moon. Now we know of at least 600 (if we're counting dwarf planet and asteroid moons). Vanderbilt's Erika Grundstrom looks at some of the most fascinating worlds in the solar system, especially ones we could consider "ocean worlds," and investigates how we know what we know.

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Weather Conditions at Dyer

See real-time conditions at Dyer Observatory — both on Earth, and in space! 


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  • Dyer's Library

    Browse our library during ticketed events or set it up for a memorable event rental.

  • Bluebird on the Mountain

    Dyer Observatory partners with the famed Bluebird Cafe for a concert series that runs May through October.

  • Summer Camps

    Dyer holds summer camps for rising 5th-8th graders that feature hands-on activities.