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Thursday, October 17 at 7pm: Meet the Astronomer – Natasha McMann

Tuning Into Einstein’s Universe + how teens can participate in research

Natasha McMann will explain how NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) is searching for gravitational waves using pulsars. This talk is geared to 7th grade and up and features audience participation questions and a video about how high schoolers can get involved in the research.

Natasha McMann was born and raised in the mountains of WV.  She received a B.A. in Social Science from Bluefield State College in 2008.  In 2010, she was hired as a tour guide for the Green Bank Observatory where she fell in love with astronomy.  She then attended West Virginia University where she earned a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Astronomy in 2016.  Natasha was then accepted into the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Program earning her Master’s in Physics from Fisk in December 2018.  She is currently a PhD student in Astrophysics at Vanderbilt studying millisecond pulsar companions and gravitational waves.  Natasha is married and has two cats.

After the talk and Q&A, enjoy a telescope viewing in the Seyfert dome if weather permits.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Meet Dyer Observatory’s Dr. Billy Teets

Open House Days and Telescope Nights

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.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS to these events.

View our CALENDAR HERE: 2019 Public Calendar rev Aug 27

There are no events in the months of December, January, or February, because Dyer Observatory is closed.

Bluebird on the Mountain

This concert series presented with the world famous Bluebird Cafe is scheduled around glorious sunsets on the portico of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.

Tickets for individual concerts are available the first day of the prior month of each show (i.e. the May 18 tickets will be available April 1) at NOON. Each ticket will admit one carload with a maximum of 8 passengers. All guests on a ticket must arrive together in a single car. Please note that tickets sell out extremely quickly.

Please see our Bluebird on the Mountain web page for more information.

Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Public event dates and times are listed on our calendar, and we are also available for school field trips or community tours with reservations.

Due to the volume of public and private events, self-guided tours of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and our Star Chamber are available by appointment only. Before dropping in, please call us at 615-373-4897 or email us to confirm we are open and available when you wish to stop in.


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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027
phone: (615) 373-4897