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Thursday, September 19 at 7pm: Meet the Astronomer – Dyer Observatory’s Dr. Billy Teets

Gaia – Over a billion stars and counting

The ESA’s Gaia mission has been in space for nearly six years now and has provided astronomers with an incredibly extensive catalog of data including the positions and magnitudes for both Milky Way objects and extra-galactic sources.  This talk will give an overview of the Gaia mission including details of the observatory itself and how it functions, the goals of the mission, and some of the science results.

If skies are clear, we will pause the event to view an especially brilliant International Space Station flyover, and after the talk enjoy a telescope viewing in the Seyfert dome.


Open House Days and Telescope Nights

Tickets are available one month before each event. Please note that these events sell out quickly, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit our Open House Days and Telescope Nights pages for more information.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS to these events.

View our CALENDAR HERE: 2019 Public Calendar rev Aug 27

There are no events in the months of December, January, or February, because Dyer Observatory is closed.

Bluebird on the Mountain

This concert series presented with the world famous Bluebird Cafe is scheduled around glorious sunsets on the portico of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.

Tickets for individual concerts are available the first day of the prior month of each show (i.e. the May 18 tickets will be available April 1) at NOON. Each ticket will admit one carload with a maximum of 8 passengers. All guests on a ticket must arrive together in a single car. Please note that tickets sell out extremely quickly.

Please see our Bluebird on the Mountain web page for more information.

Visiting Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Public event dates and times are listed on our calendar, and we are also available for school field trips or community tours with reservations.

Due to the volume of public and private events, self-guided tours of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and our Star Chamber are available by appointment only. Before dropping in, please call us at 615-373-4897 or email us to confirm we are open and available when you wish to stop in.

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