Dyer Observatory News
In preparation for the upcoming August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory and the Vanderbilt University Physics & Astronomy Department are working to educate the public on the nature of solar eclipses with an emphasis on safe viewing practices. As part of this, we are offering the opportunity for free guest presentations about the eclipse at your facility. Presentations will be approximately 45 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for question/answer sessions.
You may submit a request by going to the following link: Eclipse Presentation Request Form
Meet the Astronomer – Friday March 3
Dr. Keivan Stassun – “Finding Earth 2.0: The NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission”
NASA’s recently completed Kepler mission has uncovered thousands of distant solar systems, the vast majority of which contain “gas giant” planets like our Jupiter and Saturn. Now astronomers are redirecting the quest toward the discovery of solar systems with planets most like our own terrestrial home, such as those in the recently announced TRAPPIST-1 system.
The NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission, to be launched in 2018, will survey the brightest stars across the entire sky searching for “Earth 2.0,” those Earth-like planets orbiting relatively nearby stars and whose atmospheres could be probed for signs of habitability by the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
During this talk, Dr. Keivan Stassun, Vanderbilt University Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Fisk University, will summarize the promise of the TESS mission for detecting other worlds like our own and identifying other places in the universe where life just might be possible.
After the talk and question-answer session, there will be viewing at the Seyfert Telescope (weather-permitting). Click here for tickets.
Open House Days & Telescope Nights
Tickets are available one month before each event. Please note that these events sell out quickly, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. There are no Open House or Telescope Night dates in the months of December, January or February, because Dyer Observatory is closed. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for tickets and more information.
2017 Summer Camp registration is now open
The Dyer Observers Space Science Camps support middle-school students in their exploration of the worlds of science, math, engineering and technology, and opens up their minds to future career possibilities in these fields.
Dyer Observatory will host one camp for rising 5th-6th graders during the week of June 12-16 and one camp for rising 7th-8th graders during the week of June 19-23.
Please visit our Summer Camp page for more information and the application. Click here.
2017 Bluebird on the Mountain Season Tickets are SOLD OUT. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.