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Special Event! Vanderbilt Opera Theatre. A FREE evening of music under the stars

Join us March 31 and April 1 for a first-of-its-kind production of Here Be Sirens by Kate Soper. Described by the New Yorker as “erudite, hilarious, furiously inventive,” Here Be Sirens presents the daily life of three sirens, who kill time on their island as they await an endless procession of doomed sailors. Click here for more information and tickets. FREE, but registration is required.


Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

We offer tours, telescope nights, meet the astronomer evenings, Bluebird on the Mountain concerts, and more!

ALL visits to Dyer must be during a ticketed event. We regret that we cannot accommodate drop-in visitors at this time. Visit our astronomy info and ticketing page here. Also, scroll down this page for information and tickets to partner events such as concerts. You may follow us on Eventbrite to be notified of NEW ticket postings as events are added. Check back as we will roll out lots more events in the coming weeks.

CLICK HERE to download our full-year event calendar, but check back for additional events that will pop up during the year! And watch a preview video below from Dr. Billy’s visit with the Local on 2 television show:

Download this month’s Astro Calendar

Your astro companion is here–and it showcases many cosmic delights! Download a FREE PDF, JPG, or PNG to keep up with the best that this month has to offer space enthusiasts.
Look for a new calendar every month on our website.

Enjoy our Newsletter

The Dyer ObserverInside The Dyer Observer, you will find updates about Dyer Observatory and its upcoming events, engaging articles highlighting exciting astronomy news, a monthly sky map, an exciting image of the month, and more!

This newsletter is quite different from many others you have seen, for a key feature is its ability to have images, links, AND animations built right into it. No need to install any special software or even download the newsletter — everything will be displayed on your computer or smart device from within your web browser.

Our February issue continues the “The year of Barnard” as we learn more about Edward Barnard’s accomplishments while in Nashville. Also inside we explore an often-overlooked phenomenon you don’t need a telescope to see, check out a nebula Barnard discovered on his own in our “Image of the Month,” highlight Dyer’s first public events of the year, and more!

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View past issues HERE.

2023 Space Summer Camps

Summer will be here before we know it, and Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will hold summer space science camps July 10-14 for rising 5th-6th graders and July 17-21 for rising 7th-8th graders.  Visit our summer camp webpage for more program and registration information.

2023 Bluebird on the Mountain Season

A small number of season passes will go on sale May 1. Individual tickets will be available for each concert one month ahead of each show. Visit our concert page for more details and schedule.

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!


Support Dyer Observatory

Our staff is committed to welcoming everyone to the top of our hill to learn about the wonders of the cosmos–not only through our telescopes, but with field trips, tours, lectures, summer camps, and special programming. All are offered to the public at low or no cost. Visitors may also enjoy our special vantage point of Earth itself, under a serene treed canopy and in the company of abundant wildlife.

Please consider helping us fulfill our mission with a donation. Any amount would make a world of difference. For information on how to send a check, please visit this page.

Enjoy Dyer’s educational resources 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.

Click here to access our video lecture page.

Click here to visit our YouTube Playlist that features past and upcoming videos.

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. We may be available for rentals during those times. Staff can be reached during the months we are closed.

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