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Employee Appreciation: Day at Dyer Observatory, August 10

Friday, August 10, 2018,

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  • Location: Dyer Observatory

Vanderbilt University has a long and respected tradition of astronomy. Vanderbilt University’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 Dyer. 

Employee Appreciation invites you to enjoy an afternoon at Dyer Observatory and become inspired by science, technology, engineering, math, and astronomy. Dyer team members bring physics experiments and solar telescopes to University employees and their families. Employee Appreciation will provide snacks and beverages for aspiring astronomers.

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 our hydrogen-alpha solar telescope to see the solar chromosphere, sunspots, prominences, and filaments. Visit Dyer Observatory’s land sculpture The Star Chamber, a walk-in camera obscura (pinhole camera). 

Special Events

  • 1pm - Owl Encounter
  • 2pm - Liquid Nitrogen Ice-cream
  • 3pm - Meet Galileo
  • Snacks and Beverages



  • Observatory Tour
  • Star Chamber Tour
  • Solar Telescope
  • Star Wheels
  • UFO Bounce House


 The Day at Dyer event will host special events and fun activities for both adults and children.

We encourage you to speak with your manager about utilizing the summer flex schedule or use a

PTO day to attend the event. This event is free to all University employees and their families.

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood (free parking). Be sure to bring your VU ID.