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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 an upcoming statewide Star Party!

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.

Virtual Star Party – Saturday, March 13, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm CT

Virtual Star Party – Saturday, April 17, 2021 8:00pm to 10:00pm CT

CLICK HERE to join an upcoming star party or revisit a past one.

We put together this sky chart to use for the February party. From the link below, you may select the color chart (as shown at left) or a more printer-friendly black and white chart. Get out and enjoy winter skies while they are clear.



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.




Coming Soon

Meet the Astronomer: Dr. Billy Teets – The Voyager Mission – Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:00PM to 8:30PM CT



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.

Click here to access our video lecture page.

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


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.



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.