Dyer Observatory News

First Friday Meet the Astronomer – September 2nd, 7:00 P.M.

Dr. Jonathan Bird – “Where Have You Been? A Guided Tour of Your Cosmic Location History”

Where did you come from? Many of the atoms that make up our bodies were created by stars billions of years ago. We are literally made of star dust. Come join us to hear about what the atoms inside of you have been up to for the past 10 billion years. Dr. Bird will discuss scientific results covering a variety of fields: cosmology and the shape of the Universe, gravity and general relativity, the structure of the nucleus and atomic physics, nuclear reactions in stars, and much more. By the end of the evening, you will be able to convince your friends and family one of the most beautiful lessons our exploration of the Universe has taught us: we are all made from stars.

After the talk and question-answer session, there will be viewing at the Seyfert Telescope (weather-permitting).

Cost:  $6.27 per person.  Each attendee must have a ticket, which can be purchased here. No tickets will be sold at the door.  NO EXCHANGES.  NO REFUNDS.

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More about Dr. Bird

Jonathan Bird is the Stevenson Fellow for Astrophysics at Vanderbilt University. He is interested in how spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way form. The cosmological model beautifully predicts the large scale structure of the Universe but its predictions become uncertain when looking at individual galaxies.  He considers himself an observationally-oriented theorist, and his research uses both state of the art computer simulations and observations to investigate the mechanisms that govern the formation of galaxies.  Dr. Bird graduated with a BS with honors in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and received his Master’s and PhD in Astronomy from the Ohio State University.

Bluebird on the Mountain – September 10th @ 7:00 p.m.

Performers are Mark Irwin, Tommy Lee James, and Gordie Sampson.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m.  NOTE:  This concert is the rain date for the August 20th concert that was cancelled due to weather.

Osher Class Announced: From the Moon to the Edge of the Visible Universe — an Astronomy Sampler

This series is offered through Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which serves learners over age 50.

Description: Ever wonder how the Moon formed or, for that matter, the Universe? What have we discovered about Pluto from the recent New Horizons mission flyby of the icy world? Through a series of six lectures, students will learn about these and other topics from Vanderbilt University astronomers. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. When you walk away from this course you will have a greater appreciation of the night sky.

INSTRUCTORS: Billy Teets, Dyer Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Vanderbilt University;
David Weintraub, Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of the Program in Communication of Science & Technology, Vanderbilt University;
Andreas Berlind, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Astrophysics, Vanderbilt University
C. R. O’Dell, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
DATES: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18
TIME: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
FEE: $40

LOCATION: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

REGISTRATION is online: http://vanderbilt.edu/olli/

Open House Days & Telescope Nights

Tickets are available 30 days 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, for Dyer Observatory is closed. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for tickets and more information.


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