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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.


Meet the Astronomer: Dr. Erika Grundstrom

Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm CDT

Vanderbilt’s Dr. Erika Grundstrom will discuss fun and rewarding “Citizen Science” opportunities for students and adults of all ages. Interests from galaxies to bird watching are included!

This FREE talk is geared to the general public and will be presented online.

Please check back here for a link to the program on the event date or register here to have a link emailed to you.


Virtual Star Party for International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday, September 26 at 7:30pm CDT

Dyer Observatory is scheduling FREE Virtual Star Parties in the coming months. In September, our Dr. Billy Teets and presenters from across the state and beyond will visit popular targets such as planets, star clusters, and nebulae. This month, the Moon will be featured as we celebrate this global event.

Viewer questions are welcome during these events. Please check back here for a link to the program on the event date or register here to have a link emailed to you.

A recording of our August 26 virtual star party that featured “Lunar X,” “Lunar V,” Pluto, Saturn, star clusters, a discussion of black holes, and a discussion of astrophotography is available on YouTube: Click here.

An edited recording of the July 24th virtual star party is now available on YouTube:  Check it out!


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!



New from Dyer Observatory – Stellar Finds!

Stellar Finds is where we post images and news clippings, each accompanied by a description, of the diverse paraphernalia associated with Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and the history of astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  For example, did you know that a 28,000-gallon cistern lies below your feet when you walk part of our property or that a house wren once built a nest inside of one of our telescopes?  These are just two of the innumerable topics that might be featured in the days to come.  Check it out: Stellar Finds!


2020 Bluebird on the Mountain

Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, your feedback, and after much deliberation with our colleagues at VU and VUMC, we unfortunately had to cancel our 2020 Bluebird on the Mountain concert season.  We are extremely disappointed that we had to make this call, for the series has been a cherished highlight of our calendar for nearly two decades; however, the safety and concerns of our patrons, staff, and volunteers are paramount.


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 the months of December, January, and February.

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