Dyer Observatory News

Special Event: A Galaxy Full of Worlds – The Probability of Life on Exoplanets Discussed (sorry, sold out)

TUESDAY MAY 24 2016 – 7PM

A panel of exoplanet scientists from around the globe will gather at Dyer Observatory for a special, highly interactive panel discussion and debate on what the latest exoplanet discoveries may say about the possibility of life on other worlds.

The program will open with a short primer on exoplanets, which will be followed by an expert panel discussion and debate, then the floor will be opened to questions from public attendees for a lively Q+A session. At the conclusion of the event, you may mingle one-on-one with the scientists to ask additional questions. If the skies are clear, we will open up the Seyfert telescope for viewings.

We are able to offer this special program because the American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy is holding its 2016 meeting at Vanderbilt University. The Society’s goal is the advancement of all aspects of dynamical astronomy, including celestial mechanics, solar system dynamics, stellar dynamics, the dynamics of the interstellar medium and galactic dynamics, and coordination of such research with other branches of science. Public outreach and education are also of importance to the Society, of which our community may benefit personally on May 24.

Tickets are required and are $6.27 each including the Eventbrite service fee. NO TICKETS ARE SOLD AT DOOR. Link to TICKETS HERE.

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.

Summer Camp Registration is now Open

The focus of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s camp is astronomy and space science. Campers learn about how scientists discover the secrets of the universe, from exotic black holes to the nature of light. During the week, campers are engaged in exciting hands-on educational science activities: launching rockets, working with and building electronics, experimenting with lasers, and working with telescopes. The camp curriculum has been created by an expert team of astronomy professors, space scientists, and area science teachers.

Camp for rising 5th and 6th Graders: June 13-17 – LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

Camp for rising 7th and 8th Graders: June 20-24 – ONE SPOT AVAILABLE

Please contact a.rockafellar@vanderbilt.edu or phone (615) 373-4897 to be sure a spot is still available, before sending in your application.

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