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Touring the Celestial Winter Wonderland + How to Buy a Telescope

Friday, November 03, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory • 1000 Oman Drive • Brentwood, TN 37027

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!

This is a rain or shine event. Entry is by guest list--no printed ticket needed. No ticket refunds, but you may transfer your ticket to another individual, just have them check in under your name. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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


Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)