Dyer Observatory News


We have glasses which we ordered directly from a reputable manufacturer so they are safe to use.

 Please note:
-You may pick them up between 8:30-5pm until Friday
-Families/groups are asked to share, so each may have 1 PAIR
-Be sure to pick up our free eclipse safety/info poster
**This is while supplies last**

Families/groups can share the glasses easily because you only wear them when looking directly at the sun/eclipse BEFORE and AFTER TOTALITY. If you are in the path of totality, you must remove the glasses during totality to see the event!


The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has been compiling a growing list of reputable solar eclipse glasses vendors, which can be found here.  Solar eclipse glasses are becoming harder to get, and some folks have apparently been manufacturing solar eclipse glasses that will NOT protect your eyes. One of the main things noticed when looking through the fake solar eclipse  glasses is that the Sun appears incredibly bright, much brighter than comfortable levels.  If you are trying to acquire solar eclipse glasses, it is recommended to check if your desired vendor is on the list first!


Due to our location on the edge of totality, limited parking, and limited viewing area due to our property being heavily treed, we will be closed on eclipse day.

Eclipse Weekend Open Houses, Aug 19-20, 9am-3pm each day
The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will be open the weekend before the eclipse for self-guided tours on Saturday Aug 19 and Sunday Aug 20, 9am-3pm. You may get a FREE ticket for one day.

Inside the Observatory you may explore:
-The recently restored Seyfert Telescope
-A historic collection of astronomy instruments acquired in the 1870’s for the first observatory on campus
-An interactive 3-D display of the 100 nearest and 100 brightest stars
-Our large-format Hubble image gallery
-A 1:5 scale Hubble model which was presented to Congress
-Our meteorite and tektite collection
-Plus, eclipse handouts and solar glasses will be distributed while supplies last (1 or 2 per family)
Available outside (weather permitting):
-Our sundial garden
-The Star Chamber: a large-scale work of art you may enter and experience as if inside a camera obscura
-Grassy areas for picnicking (BYOB-bring your own basket)
-Viewings through a solar telescope

Ticketing: FREE reservation online. No tickets available at the door. CLICK HERE
Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT the main Vanderbilt campus)
Time: You may arrive and depart any time between 9:00am – 3pm. Please plan to depart before the gates close at 3pm.
Ages: Recommended for ages 8 and up.

If your plans change and you can not attend, please let us know so we may release the space to someone else.
This is a rain or shine event.

VIDEO: Meet The Astronomer, Dr. Billy Teets “Are you Ready for the  2017 Eclipse?”

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will be the first total solar eclipse visible across the United States in nearly a century.  The average person will get a few chances in a lifetime to see a partial solar eclipse, but the opportunity to observe a total solar eclipse is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights of nature.  This talk will cover the basics of eclipse mechanics, how to safely observe a solar eclipse, what one can expect to see, and information specific to the August 21, 2017 event.

More about Dr. Teets:

Dr. William (Billy) Teets is the outreach astronomer at Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory.  Billy was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, and received his B.S. in Physics in 2004 from Austin Peay State University.  He was accepted to the Vanderbilt University graduate program in 2005 and received his Ph.D. in (astro)physics in 2012.  He has worked at Dyer Observatory since 2006, starting as a part-time student helper and then getting hired on as the staff astronomer in late 2012.  As Dyer’s outreach astronomer, you may find Billy giving tours around the observatory, giving public lectures, operating myriad telescopes, programming a new exhibit…the list goes on.

Below is our outreach astronomer Dr. Billy Teets talking about solar eclipses including the 2017 total solar eclipse and how to safely view it. You may also view it on YouTube directly at https://youtu.be/phQBz9FX4uE

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 Bluebird on the Mountain

Season Tickets are sold out, but a limited number of individual tickets are available for each concert. Please see our calendar page for details. Direct questions to info@bluebirdcafe.com.

Sept 9 has been added to the calendar as the rain date for the May 20th concert which was cancelled. A few single car tickets for the rain date will be available August 1 on our ticketing page.

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