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Dyer Observatory - Meet the Astronomer, Dr. Paul Sutter (with book signing)

Friday, May 03, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory • 1000 Oman Drive • Brentwood, TN 37027

This series features a different astronomer or scientist each time who will discuss a topic of current interest. This month, Dr. Paul Sutter will discuss, "Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence." He describes his talk as: "I bet you've looked up at the night sky and started asking questions. Are we alone? What's the meaning of it all? Where do we belong? Well, I've got some answers. You may not like them, but they're answers."

Books by Dr. Sutter will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

About Paul Sutter:

An established scientist, Paul has authored over 60 academic papers on topics ranging from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, to the emptiest places in the universe, to novel methods for detecting the first stars. He received his PhD in Physics in 2011 as a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow, and prior to his current position he held research fellowships in Paris and Italy. He has given over 100 seminars, colloquia, and conference talks at institutions around the world.

Paul's Ask a Spaceman! podcast invites listeners to send questions via social media to answer on the show, and is now one of the top podcasts across all subjects globally. As a contributing editor to Space.com, Universe Today, and Forbes, his articles are syndicated to CBS News, Scientific American, MSN, and more. A go-to expert for journalists and producers, Paul regularly appears on radio, TV, and in print, including on the Science Channel, History Channel, and Weather Channel. His first book, Your Place in the Universe, was published by Prometheus Books in November 2018.

Telescope viewings follow when weather permits.

Tickets are available approximately one month before each event.

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

Please note:

  • You do not need to bring a printed ticket; there will be a guest list at the gate.
  • The exhibits on the main floor are handicapped accessible, but the Seyfert telescope on the second floor is only accessible by stairs. There are twenty steps, split by a large landing, leading to the dome. Climbing additional portable steps may be necessary to see through the eyepiece.
  • Notify the gate attendant if you have special parking needs.
  • Closed-toe footwear is suggested.
  • If your plans change and you cannot attend, you may invite someone you know to use your tickets/names for entry.
  • Because this is Vanderbilt University property, firearms and smoking are not allowed.

Address: 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood TN 37027 (NOT on the main Vanderbilt campus) 

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al; Optical: UKIRT; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech     

Cost:  $6.27 per person ($5.00 admission plus $1.27 online handling fee.) Each person must have their own reservation. Infants do not require tickets.

NO TICKETS SOLD AT DOOR. Tickets may be purchased up to the day of the event, but please be aware this event often sells out well ahead.


We have a waiting list set up. If conditions are favorable, we may move the talk to the back patio and open up more tickets the week of the talk.