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Bluebird on the Mountain Concert make up date is October 28

Due to threatening weather, the Oct 7 Bluebird on the Mountain concert was canceled. The make up date is Saturday Oct 28 at 5pm.

This outdoor concert is presented with the word-famous Bluebird Cafe. Gates will open at 3pm and the show will start at 5pm. The artists are Lee Thomas Miller, Bob DiPiero, and friend. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and drink and relax on the Observatory’s front lawn while enjoying the fabulous concert and grounds.

After the show, celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with a viewing through one or more of our telescopes (weather permitting) and get information about January’s lunar eclipse. Observe the Moon Night is a global event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of Earth’s nearest neighbor.

A limited number of tickets are available. Please check our website and Facebook page for more information before attending if weather looks threatening.

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/vanderbilt-university-dyer-observatory-2143130631


Meet the Astronomer: Touring the Celestial Winter Wonderland + How to Buy a Telescope. Friday Nov 3 at 7pm

Winter often provides Tennesseans with some of the best sky-viewing conditions, and the winter sky obliges with a plethora of bright and interesting objects.  This time of year also brings the holiday season, when we are often asked what telescope would be a great gift for the budding astronomer, especially if on a budget. This talk will tackle both of these topics as we start out with a short discussion of telescope, viewing aid, and accessory recommendations, then some of the prime wintertime objects that one may view with a backyard telescope will be discussed, including how to find the objects and a bit of background information pertaining to each.

After a short Q & A session, we will have additional staff and volunteers at stations so that attendees may familiarize themselves with some of the discussed astronomical equipment.  Weather permitting, we will have viewing through the Dyer Observatory Seyfert Telescope.

This talk will be given by Dr. William (Billy) Teets, 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 leading tours around the observatory, giving public lectures, operating myriad telescopes, programming a new exhibit…the list goes on!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/vanderbilt-university-dyer-observatory-2143130631


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.


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

We are open Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, March through November. If you wish to visit, please call first to confirm the facility is available. Or you may reach us via email here.


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