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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 will be having 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.


Special Event! Wednesday, Dec 9 at 7pmC/8pmE

Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Heather Bloemhard will guide you through the governmental structures, systems, and policies that impact our ability to study and observe space—both now and in the future. Topics will include: light pollution, the construction and operation of facilities and missions, space traffic management (including space junk), spectrum allocation, planetary protection, asteroid mining, and restarting human exploration.

Dr. Bloemhard trained in physics and astronomy and currently works in research and education policy. She has spent time advocating for astronomy as the American Astronomical Society’s John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow and supporting defense research policy as a science and technology policy fellow sponsored by the AAAS. Currently, she is the assistant director of federal relations in Vanderbilt University’s Office of Federal Relations and is responsible for coordinating the university’s federal relations and advocacy activities. Bloemhard holds a doctorate in physics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a bachelor’s of science in physics and astronomy from George Mason University. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVENT ON YOUTUBE.


Join our December Virtual Star Party!

 Saturday, December 12, 2020

Each Month, 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.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EVENT ON YOUTUBE.

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.

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!


Coming later in December

Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm C/8pm E: Dr. David Weintraub discusses Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem? Youtube link:

Monday, December 21 (time TBA): Dr. Billy Teets will livestream the stunning Jupiter/Saturn conjunction with commentary. Link to come!


Watch: 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 is the different types of telescopes, mounts, and other tools that are handy for skygazing.




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.


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 Your Next 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.

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