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Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

DYER IS CLOSED TO VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The staff is available by phone and email. We are offering online events. Please scroll below to see if any are listed.

You are also invited to check our social media (@dyerobservers on FB, Twitter, and Instagram) for updates and upcoming online activities.

Please email or call 615-373-4897 with questions. We will post further updates as they are available.

Support Dyer Observatory

We proudly serve the public as a member of Vanderbilt University’s Division of  Government and Community Relations. Many of our programs are made possible by the generosity of alumni, friends, and neighbors. Your gift will make a tremendous difference to our efforts to bring science education to the next generation of explorers both locally and around the globe.

To make a donation online, click here. The form is automatically set up to earmark your funds for Dyer Observatory. For information on how to send a check, please visit this page. If you have questions regarding a gift, please contact the Gift Processing Office at or call (800) 288-0082. The staff, university, and community thank you for your generosity!


Join our January Star Party!

Jan 16 at 7pm CST   click HERE to join the event on YouTube

Dr. Billy Teets and presenters from across the state visit popular targets such as planets, star clusters, and nebulae. Questions from viewers are welcome during these lively, engaging events.

As part of the program, you may wish to have your own star wheel.  Also known as a planisphere, this is a really simple and handy tool for learning the night sky.  You can click here to download and print out your own, and a short instructional video about how to easily assemble it can be viewed here.

Download a companion star chart by clicking on one of the links below.  The chart will show you the locations of targets we will be discussing, give a general background of the different types of objects, and also provide information about upcoming celestial events for the month.  A full-color version is great for viewing on screens, and we also have a more printer-friendly version that uses less ink.  Note that the charts may take a minute to download.

Color Star Chart

Printer-Friendly Star Chart

CLICK HERE to visit our YouTube playlist for past Star Parties. August 26  featured “Lunar X,” “Lunar V,” Pluto, Saturn, star clusters, a discussion of black holes, and a discussion of astrophotography. The September talk celebrated International Observe the Moon Night. The Star Party hosted by Warner Parks on July 24th is now available on YouTube:  Check it out!


New for 2021: Monthly Astro Calendar

We have selected the top astro events for each month: notable sights in the sky, interesting launches, and historical highlights. Be sure to print, post, and share!

Click HERE to download the PDF.

Click HERE to download a PNG.




Educational Resources for Learning at Home

Visit our Educational Resources tab to access organized pages with links to lessons, opportunities to sign up for newsletters, interactive online tools, and our fun Quiz and Puzzle page!

View a fun talk by Dr. Erika Grundstrom where she discusses fun and rewarding “Community Science” opportunities for students and adults of all ages. It’s true that almost anyone can contribute to research from the comfort of their home! Interests from galaxies to bird watching are included. Please click here to access our video lecture page.


How to Buy the RIGHT Telescope

If you are shopping for a holiday gift, or wish to enjoy celestial sights anytime from your own home, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s Dr. Billy Teets shares his tips on how to purchase the right telescope for your needs. Also included in the program are the different types of telescopes, mounts, and other tools that are handy for skygazing.




Open House Days and Telescope Nights

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Tickets are available one month before each event. Please note that these events sell out quickly, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for more information.



Have an Event at Dyer

Crowning one of Nashville’s tallest peaks, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory offers park-like grounds, distinctive spaces, and celestial viewing–making us an exceptional venue for social and business events.

Please visit our Rentals page for more photos and information. Your rental fees help fund Dyer Observatory outreach efforts. Thank you!

We are not currently hosting rentals, but our event coordinator is available to provide updates and plan your future event.


Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
1000 Oman Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027 (not on the main campus)

(615) 373-4897

We are closed to visitors the months of December, January, and February.

Staff can be reached during the months we are closed.

Click below to follow @dyerobservers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.