Dyer Observatory News
In preparation for the upcoming August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory and the Vanderbilt University Physics & Astronomy Department are working to educate the public on the nature of solar eclipses with an emphasis on safe viewing practices. As part of this, we are offering the opportunity for free guest presentations about the eclipse at your facility. Presentations will be approximately 45 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for question/answer sessions. Please note that we will be unable to do presentations on the actual eclipse day.
You may submit a request by going to the following link: Eclipse Presentation Request Form
Meet The Astronomer: Dr. Susan Stewart “Looking to the Stars in the Age of Modern Navigation” Friday May 5 at 7pm
As navigation methods have advanced, the practice of celestial navigation has largely been overshadowed by the use of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems, aka GPS). However, celestial navigation is still quite relevant, as the rising threat of cyber warfare and the proliferation of cheap but powerful “jammers” have raised concerns that satellite navigational methods may be compromised. Because of this, celestial navigation remains tremendously important as a reliable independent system.
In this talk, Dr. Stewart will illustrate the increased need for precise stellar positions in the development of new technology. She will also discuss the vulnerabilities of GNSS, and outline both the principles and techniques of celestial navigation. The vital need for celestial navigation instruction, and Vanderbilt’s role in developing an online learning module for assisting in this effort, will also be presented.
If weather permits, viewing through the Seyfert telescope will take place after the presentation. This is an all weather event. No refunds or exchanges. CLICK HERE for TICKETS
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.
2017 Space Science Summer Camp registration is now open
The Dyer Observers Space Science Camps support middle-school students in their exploration of the worlds of science, math, engineering and technology, and opens up their minds to future career possibilities in these fields.
Dyer Observatory will host one camp for rising 5th-6th graders during the week of June 12-16 and one camp for rising 7th-8th graders during the week of June 19-23.
Please visit our Summer Camp page for more information and the application. Click here.
2017 Bluebird on the Mountain Season Tickets are SOLD OUT, but a limited number of individual tickets are available for each concert. Please see our calendar page for details. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.