Scheduled during the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21, from noon to 4 p.m. the day will feature special events, fun activities and snacks and beverages for both adults and children including:
- 1 p.m. – Owl Encounter
- 2 p.m. – Liquid nitrogen ice cream
- 3 p.m. – Ask the Astronomer
- Observatory tour
- Star Chamber tour
- Solar telescope
- Star wheels
- UFO bounce house
- Astronaut selfie station
- Physics experiments
Dyer Observatory has four telescope installations, three of which are mounted in domes on top of the observatory and are still actively used for observation. Observe the sun through solar glasses as well as the hydrogen-alpha solar telescope, through which the solar chromosphere, sunspots, prominences and filaments can be viewed. Visit Dyer Observatory’s land sculpture “The Star Chamber,” a walk-in camera obscura (pinhole camera).
Vanderbilt University has a long and respected tradition in astronomy. Vanderbilt’s first chancellor, Landon Garland, was a professor of physics and astronomy, and many of the university’s original 1875 astronomical instruments and artifacts are housed at the current-day Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.
Employees are encouraged to speak with their manager or use PTO time to attend the event. The Day at Dyer is free to all university employees and their families.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027. Free parking is available. Be sure to bring a valid Vanderbilt ID.
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