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Request a FREE Presentation About the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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 mission, we are offering free presentations about the eclipse at your facility. Presentations will be approximately 45 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for a question/answer session.

DUE TO THE VOLUME OF REQUESTS, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE A SPEAKER. Please allow us ONE WEEK to try to arrange one, and let you know if we can accommodate your group.
You may submit a request by going to the following link:  Eclipse Presentation Request Form

Meet The Astronomer, Dr. Billy Teets “Are you Ready for the  2017 Eclipse?”
Friday August 4 at 7pm (sold out, but a video of his talk is below)

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will be the first total solar eclipse visible across the United States in nearly a century.  The average person will get a few chances in a lifetime to see a partial solar eclipse, but the opportunity to observe a total solar eclipse is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights of nature.  This talk will cover the basics of eclipse mechanics, how to safely observe a solar eclipse, what one can expect to see, and information specific to the August 21, 2017 event.  No prior knowledge of eclipses is required, and questions are welcomed and highly encouraged!

If weather permits, viewing through the Seyfert telescope will take place after the presentation. This is an all weather event. NO refunds or exchanges, but you may give your reservation to someone else. NO tickets sold at door.

More about Dr. Teets:

Dr. William (Billy) Teets is 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 giving tours around the observatory, giving public lectures, operating myriad telescopes, programming a new exhibit…the list goes on.

Tickets are available one month before each event. Click HERE to register.

Below is our outreach astronomer Dr. Billy Teets talking about solar eclipses including the 2017 total solar eclipse and how to safely view it.

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 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 info@bluebirdcafe.com.

Sept 9 has been added to the calendar as the rain date for the May 20th concert which was cancelled. A few single car tickets for the rain date will be available August 1 on our ticketing page.

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