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Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

DYER IS CLOSED TO VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The staff is available by phone and email.

You are invited to check our social media (@dyerobservers on FB, Twitter, and Instagram) for updates and upcoming activities.

Please email or call 615-373-4897 with questions. We will post further updates as they are available.


Bluebird on the Mountain update – posted June 17

Mark your calendar for tickets!

Visit our Eventbrite page (CLICK HERE) to access Season Tickets on Monday, June 21 at 8pm CT and Single Concert Tickets for the June show on Tuesday June 22 at 8pm CT.

Our first concert will be held Saturday, June 26th at 8pm (gates open 6pm). The artists that evening will be Bob DiPiero, Gary Burr, and Victoria Shaw. Artists for future concerts will be announced when they are booked.

Thank you all again for your patience as we awaited conditions that would permit us to reopen safely.

More general concert info is available HERE.


New for 2021: Monthly Astro Calendar

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD a PDF to print or a PNG for your computer desktop.


Join an upcoming online Star Party!

Dyer Observatory’s Dr. Billy Teets and astronomers from the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, the Memphis Astronomical Society, Rhodes College, and the McGill Space Institute will offer a fun evening of stargazing that promises to be engaging for experts and beginners alike.

These are “any weather” events and programming will depend on the clarity of the skies. Questions from viewers are welcome during these lively, engaging events. Events are FREE and presented on YouTube. No registration is required

NEXT Virtual Star Party date to come.

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

See the video below for a preview of what to expect:

Summer Camp Update

April 1, 2021 Announcement:

We will not be having summer camps in 2021. This was a very difficult decision for we consider our camps to be one of the most important things that we do at Dyer Observatory.

We hope that you stay in touch with us through our website plus Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (all @dyerobservers) and join us for events announced on those platforms.


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.

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!

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.